the 2nd. novel

they’d come around and
they’d ask,
“You finished your
2nd. novel yet?”


“Whatsamatta?   Whatsamatta
that you can’t
finish it?”

“Haemorrhoids and

“Maybe you’ve lost

“Lost what?”

“You know.”

now when they come
around I tell them,
“Yeh.   I finished
it. Be out in Sept.”

“You finished it?”


“Well, listen, I gotta

even the cat
here   in the courtyard
won’t come to my door

it’s nice.

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