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"Sammy Davis Died Today"

Updated: Nov 23

may 16 1990

throat cancer


not even a little bit

of relief

and then the singing

outside of his head

starting inside his head


the glass eye

started to see more

than

the non-glass one:


adam and eve

in that age-old garden

smiling

and seeing themselves

reflected

in that same glass


saying to him:

'you died today, didn't

you?'


just a nod

then

laughter

like

what else can you do?


someone else

wrote that down

'sammy davis died today'


in a diary

maybe in

shelbyville

maybe in

logansport


someone checking up

on life through

what is in the newspaper

discovering a signal

in

the national news


the obituary

that becomes

a way to remember

exactly what did not happen

on the other side:


a spring afternoon

that silence

of curtains

dogs barking

far off

and

someone shutting

a

bathroom door



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