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The skeletons there long for their dead lovers Are there no undertakers for expired verbiage? Are my vital statistics never to count for anything? I pine for comrades who can hear ancestors singing They would understand my struggle with lead balloons Where are you robust mermen of the truthful deep? Help me to salvage my sunken clarities Ahoy earth-movers of oceans heed my SOS Cut down my hangups Launch me in shipshape Stamp me a passport to some lucid purgatory where I may comb a beachhead rescue drowned seeds strew fertile traces monogram my tears!

And the mittens in the sock went bang. (1946) 59 JUNIOR'S PRAYER Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord to help me out. I'm flat on my back and left alone, so God bless nobody, please keep out. If I should die and fall asleep how will I run away from home? If I should wake before I die will I still be in the dark alone? Now I lay me down to sleep. But keep me awake, Lord, keep me awake! (1946) 60 THIS LITTLE DUCK When will my little duck grow up big so his wings will stay up and his bill stick out?

1987) 42 NEWS FROM THE NURSING HOME They assigned me to dotage like some inept drooler but I avoid the elderly I renounce senior citizenship I'm too long a foxy dallier to be boxed in wrinkles. In my own looking glass I behold a warrior who hobnobs with rascals and mellow magicians. I don't like being told I'm fit to crumble. Confined to quarters I poke around in myself fishing for a pearl in what's left of my lotus. Too often I stir up musty bugbears who turn old screws and complain of the damp.

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