Sunday, March 4, 2012


no doubt, gerald,
you will say that
the devil made you do it

no, aunt ,
the devil didn't
make me do it

nor did i succumb
to a sudden impulse
or ungovernable passion -

i did not need
the money
and was not playing

a prank
or being initiated
into a secret society

i was not
making a statement
about the modern world

or being
lured to my doom
by an evil, scheming woman

i had no plans
to travel to china
or tahiti

no, i stole your
for one reason only -

because i am
totally, irredeemably
corrupt -


on park avenue and 89th street

the wind
tested the leaves of a london plane tree

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