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A peep behind the curtain?

Is that a
Hint of condescension, or
Just a kink,
A quirk, in your style?

Is this
Meaningless apprehension?
Do you really stash a sneer in your smile?

Is your manner meant to
Be disarming, or has the
Friendliness actually faded?

The ambiguity's alarming in
The pleasantries we traded.

(Spring 1977, Fredonia, N.Y.)


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Jun. 23rd, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
I like the pace.
Jun. 24th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jamie. I had a song going through my head when I wrote it, and the poem is, in a rough way, alternate lyrics to the song.

The poem is about an episode with my advanced poetry-writing course professor that semester. We critiqued it in class; understandably, he didn't know it was about him.
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