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December 30, 2022


The last line is a fine self-description of this witty meditation,


A Trip Around the Sun

Here he is where the journey began,
A year ago, or so it would seem,
Definitely a well-cultured man,
Steak and champagne he will eat, not beans?

He circled the sun, a triumph indeed,
Yet questions of aesthetics remain,
Masking real desires to plant his seed,
On forbidden Venus’ fertile plain,

A year of a life, make no mistake,
Leads to moral concerns without fail,
Relishing “beauty for its own sake,”
The devil eating its own spiced tail.

Dear David: Many thanks for the compliment. Kyril: I'm glad you were inspired to write your poem

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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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