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Poetry Challenges

"Idiot's Tale" [by David Lehman]

Idiot’s Tale

When you're shooting well, you're unconscious, you're sick.
No thoughts distract you, your touch is as the silk
of your rich sister's scarf. Now don't sulk.
The key to our business is buying in bulk.
Don't walk the batter. Don't risk a balk.
Look who's talking on the commercial-free talk
show you mocked before the idiot's tale
turned out to be true. But, then, no tale was as tall
as the epic poems that minstrels used to tell.
If anyone asks, just say: well, well, well.

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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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