the unfolding

I don’t know
but I think sometimes that fellows like
Ez and Celine and Ernie, Babe Ruth, Dillinger,
Capone, Di Maggio, Joe Louis, John Kennedy, LaMotta,
Graziano, Willie Pep
just had a little more than the
rest of us.

or is it just Publicity   and Time
which separates these from
us?

actually, there are probably others
who do better at what these did
(or as well)
but
for us
they are too close–
we pass them in the hall
see them waiting at stop lights
(or) buying things such as
Xmas trees and windshield wipers
(or) we see them
standing in line at the
post office.

one of the few grand things of our
existence
is the mathematic
of the strange and unusual people
always
among
us.

unnoticed.

life has some kindly
ways.
you know that.

now,
let’s talk about something
else.

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