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My Next to Last Great Love
   (Apologies to Robt. Browning)

There she is, my next to last great love,
Her photo, showing cleavage, wallpaper on my computer screen.
I know now, but could not have earlier foreseen, that dream-
Like quality her eyes contain, her lustrous hair & above
All else the passion she aroused by her glance,
Her heaving bosom & languid sighs held me entranced, & still do,
If the truth is to be told,
As I grow old

- ottawater #7 ( Ottawa, 2011)

In Memoriam
         Sandra Jane Sutcliffe

Received this photo…you
resplendent in your beauty.
Looking down, a slight smile
beginning at the corners of your
mouth. Beauty never
left you, you glowed defiant,
beyond skin & bone, beyond cancer,
beyond language.

Could never capture you with
mere words & now
you have gone.
You must take my love with you!

2/2/13

King Kong Meets Godzilla

From primordial depths, from God knows what muck,
His hideous form slumbered, or was simply stuck.
As me & mine swung from trees, grabbing fruit
Whilst I grew & grew into a hairy brute.

Was it man's bombs made the sea's floor break?
& did that cause Godzilla to awake?
As surely as they slotted me into a cage,
Inciting King Kong's murderous rage.

So now we both monsters must hide
In furtive dank places on earth's seamy side,
Where waters do flow but are seldom clean,
And a better life comes only when we dream.

Ottawa: above/ground press broadside #318, 2013

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