Limerick

A young man who signed on at Petco
had trouble there from the get-go.
He buggered a parrot,
three chimps and a ferret
before he was finally let go.

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The Flowering of New England 1861

Longfellow gave
a loaf of bread
to every hungry beggar.

One day Bakunin
stopped by at noon.

He’d escaped from Siberia
and stayed till almost midnight,
anxious to possess
an autograph of Washington.

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Solzhenitsyn Skis Mad River

Archipelagos
of decadent blue moguls
force me to labor.

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Dear Life

Pushing Sister Pat
down the wheelchair ramp so fast
made even God smile.

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Hush

Tilting their black heads
two crows in a copper beech
spy on our green yard.

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Pocket Garden

Under the maples
an army of mayapples
marches through violets.

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Inches

Inching past the lynching
I sucked it up
turned away and
hugged a rocky wall.

I chose to console the living,
clutch my young red badge
and crawl.

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I Was Mr. Trump’s Urologist

Even at half-mast
his veins stuck out like cables
on the Brooklyn Bridge.

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I Seemed to Be Happier Then

It seems a long stretch
for this tired old bloke
since I last kicked my heels up
or let alone spoke.

Tomorrow I’ll locate
scrawny children in tatters!
I hear what you give
is what really matters.

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The Battle That Was Against Me

In one of those moments
when a world gives way,
a street vendor of ice
becomes vice-president,
the marginal are exalted
and the rigid and the humorless
shun old traditions.
You can’t build a country
in a culture of fear, I saw,
or find solace
in the ranks of the despised.

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