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Poppies (excerpt)

Robert McDowell

I was Alice pursuing the white rabbit.
When I put my foot in a hole and tumbled down
I was Jack with an empty pail of water.
Waiting for the pain to let up I imagined
Around the World in 80 Days,
My ankle soaring as crowds cheered.
Oh yes there were moments of delight,
Stories I felt a sure part of,
Days in which you and I were perfect.

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"Poppies" (excerpt) from Quiet Money by Robert McDowell. Copyright © 1987. Reprinted with the permission of Henry Holt and Company.


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