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September 06, 2020


I love this poem. Thanks, Diane & Terence

Wonderful poem, thank you.

Thanks for leaving a comment, Chris.

Barbara---I suspected you would like it.

Thanks, Terence. Wonderful poem and great photo.

Thanks, Phyllis. Blame it all on Diane.

Love this, thanks

Becky---thanks for checking in!

I'm definitely committed to my life. As I feel it slipping away, I too am eyeing those doors. Thanks for posting.

James---thanks for stopping by.

I've read this at least 12 times now (I wasn't exactly keeping track, but I'm under- not overestimating). It's full of amazing things. It moves in so many directions but feels completely resolved at the end, like it reached its goal. I'm going to hang onto it as an example of what poetry can do with the ordinary language we all talk.
You made a good poem!xo

Thanks, Bernard, for your comment. But you have to read it at least 20 times to really get it.

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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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