A collection of poems by Robert Dodsley

By Robert Dodsley

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1 check my watch. Ten years is rather much, But 1 am not a Texas Fundamentalist, And you are not a red-headed Lesbian, So it should take us shorter, and 1 should get Time off for good behavior If 1 behave well, which 1 do not plan to do. No, on the contrary, 1 plan to play All my cards wrong, To pelt you with letters, gifts, advice, Descriptions of my feelings. 1 plan to ask friendly maternal questions. 1 plan to beam a steady Stream of anxiety Rays which would stun a mule, Derail a train, Take out a satellite, At you in California, where you hack Coldly away at this iron umbilicus, Having sensibly put three thousand miles between us.

Iv Today I got a big bargain In chickens, she says, and a pretty big bargain In skim milk. Skim milk's bluish Like mother's milk. Did I ever tell you I fought the doctors and nurses The very day you were born. They said 47 "You'll stick a bottle in her mouth" But I nursed you, I showed Them. And did I tell you When I was hungry because your father Didn't have a job, I used to feed you That expensive beef puree, spoonful by spoonful Until you would throw up, And then I would feed you a certain amount More to make sure you were full Although I was starving.

Did I tell you about the prize I won for my poems. Yes. The checkout girl at the Shoprite Tried to cheat me Today but I caught her. I told George but he was watching television. He never pays attention, he pretends He's deaf. Would you phone me Saturday. 48 vi So my mother should have been a writer. Her mother, A Russian beauty, should have been a singer. "She lost the bloom of her youth in the factories," My mother says, a formula sentence she is obviously Repeating, and her eyes fill up like paper cups.

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