Mallory Garretson’s reading at Poetry for Peace on October 14th

Lola’s Secret Poem

She crosses lint
with the common alpine bog moss.
Mum’s the word, so liquidate it.
I’m sorry.  I cannot tell you
what brand of dish soap I use.
That’s privileged information, Owen.

She crosses arabesques
with the Canary Islands yellow pages.
Have a nice day, so liquidate it.
I’m sorry.  I cannot tell you
how soft-shell crabs reinvent.
That’s privileged information, Erin.

She crosses box turtles
with a zero-coupon-bond aqueduct.
X marks the spot, so liquidate it.
I’m sorry, Lola.  I cannot tell you
when alpha and beta switch.
That’s privileged information.

By Linda Kunhardt (mother of Thomas Lehmann class of 2014)

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