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  1. Strangely this poem occurred to me about 15 minutes ago upon reading about the death of Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 101. It’s only my second this month. Any impressions?

    Existential Lottery

    This day is the perfect poem
    This hour is the perfect poem
    This minute is the perfect poem
    This second is the perfect poem
    A second later it is not but
    Another poem, or none at all.
    How often
    Have I missed perfect love like that?
    What perfect wife and kids?
    But also a very bad car wreck?

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  2. It occurred to me that Pound wouldn’t like all my “is’s” so I tried to compress it more and go with a casino game trope. Any better?

    Existential Craps

    This day the perfect poem
    This hour the perfect poem
    This minute the perfect poem
    This second the perfect poem
    But a second later not, now
    Another poem, or none at all.
    How often
    Have I missed perfect love that way
    What perfect wife and kids
    Yet also by a roll of time
    A car wreck just escaped.

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