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Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

John Smith

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Living Forever

for my father


I wish we could split a six of Schaffer and a pack of L&Ms,
and listen to the Knicks on the radio or Bob and Ray
or shoot pool until It's all over but the crying.

You gave me something to cry about, and I had to wait
until I had kids of my own to find out being a father
didn't come with a handbook.

For all I care, we could rearrange another rock wall
or turn over the garden.
It would be enough to be together again.

Remember the living forever you started from seed?
I divided it just like you showed me. Every year, another cutting.
Now it borders both sides of the driveway.