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Thursday, April 26, 2012 03:28 pm

scavengerpoem #1

demi, you’d like my sandwich this noon
the bread is from someone’s finished meal
at st. pat’s fish fry last night raw onion ditto
the well-flavored beef slice I slid off john
knoepfle’s plate at a university do two nights
ago sneaked it home in an elegant cloth napkin
(washed today, ready for return) mayo? well
just the best but here’s your particular passion
you’d have gathered them for us were you here
the thick tangle of greens all from the yard
wild chive tender daggers of dandelion leaves
clover-shaped “sour grass” (sorrel) and violets
white and lavender a treat for eye as well as
tongue it is a truly scavenged sandwich you
once said of such a meal of your own creation
“I am my mother’s daughter.” did some bits of
grass get in by mistake? probably but small and
slender there is enough for two I long for you
to be here eating with me on this sunny back
porch and I must quit writing this or the lump
in my throat will not allow me to swallow

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