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Page 9 She listens patiently; Occasionally she squeezes my hand to urge me on; I tell her that the only threat to my hopes is war, That I am young and strong; But I have no desire to go to Asia: I want to wage my wars at home. . " We kiss And then seek Mt. Gilead. . ) Page 10 Portrait When I was still a manchild, I saw her face, afloat in a stormy Louisiana cloud, break into teasing smile; When I crossed the invisible boundaries of adolescence into the lonely land of man and roamed the world in search of a land of love, I felt her presence everywhere I went; I heard her voice in every choir, in every congregation, in summer evening city streets.

And wait for Mother, Some golden Sunday afternoons. Page 52 Night Sang Low (for Theresa) No clock or radio ticked time or steroed news and music As the tires of the Opel, Buick's compact economy car, Cried away from Tree City, Cried away from Kent State University, That mid-October evening. The red sun swung West, Away for North America; Neat bungalows squatting among maples Already surrendered to autumn's drama Rambled beside the freeway; Yellow lines ticked off miles; Wind poured music from a high frequency earphone tuned to a transmitter built with the winds of the world.

Page 76 The Full Price I won't give another diamond, And I'll send no more blood-black pearls; I'll do no more diving for stanzas You do not wear with acknowledged grace. I'll dig no more rhythmic glitter You cannot see or hear a mellow image in. From this jewel on, You will pay the full price For my deep-dug diamonds, For my blood-black pearls I have no more samples, no more discounts, And absolutely no damn layaways. If you cannot wear my work with grace, Then pay the full price-plus taxes For my pain and joy and love and tears.

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