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May 14, 2021


How many of you out there ( without looking it up) can distinguish the proper usage of ALL of these words: lay . laid , laying, lie, lain and lying? I bet no one...and that's no lie.

Looks like a William Carlos Williams poem, but isn't. p.s. If no intent to deceive, then, no lie.

"I will love you forever" is not a statement to be judged by its accuracy, unlike "I will love you next Tuesday," which will turn out to be either true or false.

In my opinion, this moving poem is not about semantics or philosophy. It's about deep love and its heartbreak. Also, thank you for the great photo, Ms. Auerbach.

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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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