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The bare twigs against the sad sky have packed
their crutches and gone. Deliveries in yellow and fuchsia
fill cracks and fists. Somehow, most good things still come

in plain brown wrappers—booze and porn—saccharines
of the flesh. Seed catalogues and new bulbs the same.
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poppies. Name a poet that has seduced you with words

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with cocked phrase, ready to deliver. Whitman from the grave,
can pull my daisy with his "Leaves of Grass," water eyes

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vivid ambassadors of years before. The sun dilates
eyes into saucers of chocolate, forcing me to break out

the Audrey Hepburn "Breakfast at Tiffanies" shades.
Silly phrases cock back paten leather heels under
the buzz of a boy-meet-girl matinee kiss, ankles

and adjectives arch like a fop's wrist. 


© 2004 by S.K. Duff. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.

Bio: Poems appeared in: Many Mountains Moving, Chelsea, The Ledge, minnesota review, Art & Understanding, Global City Review, Barrow Street, and the book This New Breed: Gents, Bad Boys, and Barbarians 2 (Creative Windstorm Press, 2004). 

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