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"Aftermath" [by Star Black]

Paul Violi and Star Black

I wish I knew what I could say.
I offered money. She said no.
I wonder where she is today.

I told her she should let it go,
to plan a child another way.
She has a job and lives alone.

It seems unfair that women pay.
I offered money. She said no.
I wish I knew what I could say.
I wonder where she is today.

-- Star Black (2007)

Star Black is pictured above with Paul Violi. Photo by David Lehman, copyright (c) 1998 by David Lehman.

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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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