A Lifetime Ago

A lifetime ago
his father said,
“Make it under-
standable, kid.”
The kid, now a
senior, writes
poetry, which
he hopes is un-
and not a dummy—
down exercise,
because he
reads so much
that isn’t under-                                                                                                                 standable in his
opinion and he
is no dummy
even though
he allows a
lot of poetry
to make him
feel that way
and he’s not
talking about
allusions to
and metaphors
of Greek, Norse
and Roman
myths. Hey,
he can read
about those
which he
does and
really likes
and finds that
he can use
some in some
of his own
poetry es-
pecially the
Norse stuff
because he
is mostly

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