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  1. #1 A Work in Progress 
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    A Work in Progress


    A thought keeps turning cartwheels in my head—

    like Susan Finnegan

    in the schoolyard

    in Sixth Grade—

    Sister Matthew

    watching wimpled

    while we played—

    the thought that I won’t know it when I’m dead—

    playing hopscotch—

    playing tag—

    jumping double Dutch—

    Capture the Flag—

    Amid the riot of that recess running out—

    her school skirt

    flouncing on the handspring—

    fluttering

    flaring

    flashing of white linen

    like a shout—




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    with

    Audrey Hepburn

    as

    "Sister Matthew"



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    and

    Irish McCalla

    as

    "Susan Finnegan"


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    Jumping Double Dutch

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    Grade 6 Once Upon a Time


    N.B.
    school recess
    In education, recess is the American term, known as "'break (break time)" or "playtime" in the UK and Ireland.





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    The Oddsmaker


    The odds that in an otherwise boundless void this anomalous pip of energy should matter in the least,
    let alone be the central moment of the universe,
    appear to be very long indeed.

    Confronted by the impossible state of affairs which reason discovers in the human condition,
    he recognized that “the heart has reasons reason knows not of,”
    and then set the line following his heart.

    By increasing the payoff to eternity,
    he made book against mortality,
    and Faith in Providence the smart bet.

    We're not talking about Jimmy the Greek.

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    the point of the pen

    and the shadow of the pen

    touch here at the word




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    the face is a mask

    to hide a chattering skull

    an elegant touch



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    Lata Mangeshkar

    I love you, Lata Mangeshkar
    I have always loved you
    I loved you before I was born
    I shall love you forever after

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    Lata Mangeshkar

    I hear you, Lata Mangeshkar
    I have always heard you
    I heard you before I was born
    I shall hear you forever after

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    Star Crossed

    for Rose Joan Blondell (1906-1979)



    Ah, Joanie!

    If only I could time-step

    we could do

    that old soft shoe

    just me and you

    swapping wisecracks on the breaks

    in black & white

    directed by Ray Enright

    for Warner Bros. in 1935

    and we could happily ever after be

    cheek to cheek and beaming

    in a heart-shaped iris out

    that pops open at infinity

    on the old shield in the clouds...


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    "the old shield in the clouds" in its literal sense

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