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Lisa Armstrong
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Only in the Night
She is the keeper of my dream, The one, the only one Whose sandaled feet along the drift The tides of time outrun. Her scarves flow back upon the wind, Her hands reach out for me, In her clutch the precious thing She rescued from the sea. Sometimes I hear a...

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Cactus Glory
Where one malingering star looked on I watched the kindling of a dawn On hills so far they seemed to be An outpost of infinity. I gazed across the wastes of sand To wonder why so vast a land Would be despoiled of any trace Of grass or tree or garden place. ...

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Alarm Clock
I am tired and weary this morning; I am weary and tired today. I would like to go on with my slumber, I would like to keep pounding the hay. You say that my plaint is redundant? I'm repeating myself, you aver? It's this doggone alarm clock that's done it, T...

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Boy Meets Girl
Stand here for a little time And talk to me. I am lonely tonight, Lonely as a girl can be. I have on a pretty gown, Don't you think? Do you like ruffles on a dress? Do you like pink? Please do not leave me now! I would ask you in, But modeling in a window D...

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Fly Away Robin!
A scornful robin in a tree Looks down at me. What does it think? Am I a wingless bobolink, Banned from the sky, No path to the sun Where clouds roll by? No song of hope At the flash of dawn? No shield from hate Where wars go on? Fly away, robin, fly . . . f...

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Slain Hollyhock
In torn and tattered autumn frock, There lingered one lone hollyhock, Three wilted blooms on riven stalk. About the yard it seemed to stare While all the other flowres fair, Looked scornfully from everywhere. These other flowers bright and gay Were in their...

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The Sidewalk Scene
All the world's joys All the world's woes Are in transit today Where the foot traffic goes. Stand for a moment, Behold the parade In shuttling passage; See every facade Of mortal anxiety Mirrored in mass. Hear the shuffle and stride As they zigzag and pass....

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Serenity
I know the solace of The elemental earth, The soft caress of soil On hands that reached For stars and knew rebuff. Tonight I stand here By this lovely tree; My head is bowed In thankfulness My garden is enough. (First published in Along the Lane : Dedicated...

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O Status Quo!
We attend the philharmonic, Intent on the maestro's beat; We sit unmoved, platonic, We belong to the elite. We dwell in blithe suburbia Where symbols point to status. We go in debt for any fad That keeps the neighbors looking at us. We are wild about this c...

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Sly Formula
When you expound a dogma, Be subtle, man; don't shout. The noisy note of certitude Can only leave a doubt. And watch the quaver in your voice; It gives you dead away. The manner of assertion Can refute the thing you say. Nor is there much conviction In the ...
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