WORSE THAN A FRENCHMAN

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TROUBADOR'S CHOICE

 

I elide

and slur speech

worse

than a Frenchman

 

and blame it

on poor diet,

alcohol or drug use

or plain circumstance

beyond my control

 

it ultimately

becomes another wrinkle

in my sum total

 

like a skilled mathematician

could really

do it justice

 

but that’s only just

my polite way

of perhaps suggesting

the enemy is wrong

 

and my infatuation

with 19th century Parisians

is daunting

and fully misunderstood

 

but Neruda

is always welcome

in mi casa

 

no foreseen changes

impending

 

12-16-99

 

 

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