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Shipwreck

  Say it Say the word ship Let the last letter linger on the lip   Say it Like it was sinking Due to lax disrepair   Its people saved No death washed ashore   Say it because you recall The bold rescue And the ship   The slow and slippery ship   Written 2004

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The “Grass” Part

Last week, I began a two-part explanation of Walt Whitman’s title “Leaves of Grass.” The “Leaves” refers simply to pages, as in pages of poetry, of which Whitman’s book is of course composed.  Now it’s on to the “Grass” part. I base my understanding of what Whitman meant on the accompanying image, which reads: A […]

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Athletic Democracy

I had to share this image of Walt Whitman’s poem “To Foreign Lands,” where the amazing phrase “athletic Democracy” appears. As soon as I read it, I paused to ask myself to please remember to use “athletic” as an adjective with athletic frequency. Plus the poem is a short, historically revealing read. Read Cartagena 2014

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Love Doubts

  The city and its health restaurants reach beyond my balcony on a Wednesday night.   Dinner was quick but the dining was slow. My two gay friends compared notes.   I tried to focus the talk on my ring. Purposely not a diamond, half-size edge of a ring. My display case for solidarity.   The […]

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He Proposed

  Last night On a balcony with an almost full moon Few people present some of them watched After champagne somewhat more wine An open view of the late summer night   Standing straight Feet steady sturdy positioned and placed On a balcony with a view a street full of trees Some people present few […]

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