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Little Old Me

lincolnshire

is a crowbar

past waycross


a little

iron curl

outside of time


real solid family 4-br

houses built like there

would always be a slightly better tomorrow


cocktail parties

halfway fancy careers

in accounting and local government


cigarettes and easy-listening

music maybe perry como maybe paul anka


some kind of aspic shit

at the center

of it all


ashtrays

in the shape

of stars


that feeling that

you know exactly who you are

and even if you don't so what?


you don't need to

know that shit just keep on

mowing the lawn


it's a beautiful

world when

you need it to be


and when it is not

so beautiful well fine

stop looking


proto-lincolnshire

shady back yards

and full-on fancy


predicaments

children

obeying what you say


but still

an undercurrent

of disquiet


11237

lincolnshire

has my heart


big as a goddamn

barn

and painted this odd


pink like

ace bandages

like wax-museum flesh


it has a

presence

this buddha barn


a beautiful breezeway

between house

and garage and an apartment


above the garage

with a great big

window


like fonzie's apartment

in

happy days


everything that has ever

happened

happened there


in that house

affairs and cancer

crushes and falls


down stairs

telephone calls

that make you want to puke


and

kindnesses

you can't name


when you walk up to it

that house

says


oh

it's

you, honey


poor little you

and you

close your eyes

real tight

and say to yourself

yes it's me


goddamn right it's me

yes

little old me




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