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  237.     

East Side Ladies

The East Side Ladies
are all very chic
fresh furs on their shoulders
diamonds in their ears
their shoes are never dirty
and their dresses always pressed
and they speak in clipped sentences
and sound like Cary Grant
(with a higher pitch, of course)

One wonders why they hold their chins
a little higher than their heads
and their eyelids but half-opened
in a look of proud contempt
their chauffeurs rush to please them
limo doors snap open-shut
then
they disappear behind the glass
and one can’t see them anymore

But then one never could.


(Previously published in Some Words: A Place For Poetry, Feb 2000)
 
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  238.     

Eight-Year-Old, Learning to Skate

Bully had a name
But I've forgotten
1966 too long ago

Remember what he did
Pushed me on the ice
For no apparent reason

Chattering words of contempt
He wanting to fight but
I just walked away

Couldn't see any point
Thinking what's wrong with him
Needing to hurt a stranger

Limped my way home
A knock on the door
Two girls from school had seen it all

Was I ok?
Can we get you anything?
You were so brave!

That's when I learned
The macho thing
Was not really so attractive.


(Previously published in Three Smiles, Fall 2000)
 
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  239.     

Elegy

The moment immortal
Is revisited again and again
A life that refuses to be beaten

A death that will not be forgotten
Stepping into myth
Time itself is conquered

Dream defies reality
What moment is this
We choose, to give or take

Make sacred and lasting
Or -drop- like feather dust
In a paucity of air.


(Previously published in The Breath E-Zine, Sept 2003)
 
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  240.     

Elusive

For every *drop* of truth
there is a bucketful of fiction.


(Previously published in Spilled Ink, July 2000.)
 
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