The War
Up the coast to another territory. Hollywood war music on the radio.
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Santa's Wish
This time of the year / Whispers in Santa’s ear / Elicit Ho, Ho, Hos / Smiles of children / Laughter of folklore.
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Enough
A poem with seasonal reflections.
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November at deBettencourt's Service Station
In a long row of pots along the side of the station / Blooms the garden of the garage’s mechanic.
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Daylight Saving Time
Fred Vincent, sexton of the church / for thirty years / Walked past our house each Sunday / In the winter / To go and ring the bell.
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Song of the Saltmarsh Sparrow
What’s the buzz and the click? / My song of course, / though no one but I have ever tried to sing it.
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Finally You Don't Come
Finally You Don’t Come / Your return is temporary — just a few days / Or less.
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Happy Birthday Mr. President
The significance of age 60 / Is to be young again / Without the weight of youth / So it is with Barack Obama.
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Esther, Fugitive Slave
Known simply as Esther / A runaway slave in 1743 / Sought to be free / By riding the “freedom train” / Where fantasy meets reality / Of a Harriet Tubman dream.
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Beside the Tiasquam
The Tiasquam snakes across the flats / like a student’s handwriting, / curving and back tracking, in no great hurry.
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