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"Dino Dozes" [by Boris Dralyuk]

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                                 In old age Dean Martin ate dinner every Sunday night at the counter

                                 of the Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset Boulevard.


While Dino dozes Jerry pulls new faces.

Skinny’s backstage and mentions that the place is

crawling with scouts. They need their act to click,

so Jerry hones the fine points of his schtick.

Luck is that part of art practice replaces.


But luck is Dino’s long suit. It embraces

his ease and swagger, looms like an oasis

before the average schmoes — they feel so slick

while Dino dozes.


Next thing you know, he’s in the world’s good graces.

And then he’s not. These days Dino retraces

his groggy steps. One, two — ain’t that a kick?

All gone. Not that he cared for it to stick.

What ghosts may rise the Hamlet’s Scotch erases

while Dino dozes.


-- Boris Dralyuk. (Photo of Dean and Jerry, circa 1950).

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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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