Monthly Archives: March 2020

What Having a Nice Ass Got Me

When I was 16 and an artist I dressed in black And took the D train From the Bronx to Greenwich Village To hang out. I carried a sketchbook and Rapidograph pen and drew Fellow passengers on the long ride … Continue reading

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Reading

When I read the Reader’s Digest cover to cover Each week And all the books on our shelves at home Peyton Place My Three Prisoners Van Loon’s Geography My mother frowned. When I read the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s … Continue reading

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Underhand Death Throes

I am dissatisfied with myself Petty, fat, ungraceful, soon to be dead And lightly mourned. I used to want a big celebration when I died With four white horses prancing down Main Street An obelisk and marble urns Wreaths of … Continue reading

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The Carriage Trade

When Katy was a baby And we lived on the Upper West Side She wore a bonnet And a pink hand-knitted outfit. I wheeled her up Broadway In a pram built like a cruise ship That had a convertible top … Continue reading

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Con Game

One day Peter and I Plotted a con game. I would lure a rich man somewhere With the promise of romance, then Peter would discover us and make a scene Until the unlucky target forked over cash. That night we … Continue reading

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To my Daughter

Let me say first about my daughter That she is beautiful and smart That she is compassionate and fair-minded Creative and forgiving Funny and loving. Let me say second That my judgment in this matter is not Influenced by our … Continue reading

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A Cough

You know I’ve been insouciant as anything Waiting out this virus Until I coughed Like I did last night Just as I was falling asleep A dry cough And I sat up in bed with my heart skittering The way … Continue reading

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Free Time

Now that I am not busy every day with Errands and shopping and working out at the gym Or driving miles and miles to important destinations Now that I am an isolate confined to walking close to home Picking up … Continue reading

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Chasing a Bargain

When I hear That something is the best deal ever So I must Snap it up before it’s gone for good When I hear that Some item is selling Below cost and that They are giving it away Practically. I … Continue reading

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Weather or Not

After tantalizing me with A robin It snowed eight inches last night, creating A winter wonderland Which I might have admired three months ago, even Buckled on my cross-country skis and Flung myself across the meadow working up heat. But … Continue reading

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