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January 29, 2021


I always thought it was schmeggie

Upon further review...I've looked into it
and this seems to be a spelling that
most closely represents the pronunciation
although there are other variations. It
would be possible to end the word with
a double e or ie but that didn't seem
to look right.

I always thought it was "schmegeggie," a love child of schlemiel and schlemazal.

The Yes and No poem is wonderful.

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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

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