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8327(Panhala) Notice by Steve Kowit

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  • wdestiny44@aol.com
    Oct 2, 2012


      This evening, the sturdy Levi's
      I wore every day for over a year
      & which seemed to the end
      in perfect condition,
      suddenly tore.
      How or why I don't know,
      but there it was: a big rip at the crotch.
      A month ago my friend Nick
      walked off a racquetball court,
      got into his street clothes,
      & halfway home collapsed & died.
      Take heed, you who read this,
      & drop to your knees now & again
      like the poet Christopher Smart,
      & kiss the earth & be joyful,
      & make much of your time,
      & be kindly to everyone,
      even to those who do not deserve it.
      For although you may not believe 
      it will happen,
      you too will one day be gone,
      I, whose Levi's ripped at the crotch
      for no reason,
      assure you that such is the case.
      Pass it on.
      ~ Steve Kowit ~
       (The Dumbbell Nebula)

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