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October 27, 2019


still a classic

Thanks and gracias, Lally!

Deadly Kisses

Once we took things lightly
Pacific Daylight kept us edgy
Waves from China lent their dull applause

Prisoner of the house in Malibu
Someone’s reading over my shoulder
Their shadow strongarming the room

The blue capsules dissolve quickly in water
Inducing ceaseless dreams of Tiresias
Blindly seeking the Great Whatsis

Returning eternally to this
A gunshot pirouetting down a rifle barrel’s rifling
Hornet’s buzz of aether in our ears

m. shepler 6/25/18

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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