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Thursday, April 1, 2010 11:03 am

farmer retirement poem #1

(from a letter to Jackie from her father Spring 1969)

now that we don’t have milking
we can travel says your mother and
I agree—there are lots of places
in rock county I haven’t seen we
haven’t visited chamberlain
spring in newark township in
15 years. the romance of names turns
me on (see how easily I pick up
the jargon of the young only
a few years after it is obsolete) —
emerald grove, tiffany, afton, avalon,
brass ball corners, hog run are all
fifteen minutes from here I must
take mommy some day it will do us
both good to get out I’ll go anywhere
as long as I’m back in my own
beddie-bye by 8 pm shopiere tavern
offers as much nudity as the
folies bergère and one can
understand the double entendres
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