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ADOLESCENCE

Anne Marie was looking at the pictures
in my high school year book.
She said my picture was ugly.
It really was.

I wore a suit and tie;
my hair was cut very short,
and it was combed straight back.

Below my picture,
someone had written:
“His thoughts are his own.”

When I was in high school,
I felt very isolated.
I pretended the other students
were made of stone,
so I would not feel
alone.

  George Snedeker __













FRANKLIN MEMORIAL PARK

The salesmen sat by their desks,
making calls.

“Franklin Memorial Park
was the kind of place
people were dying to get into.”
This was a joke my father often told.

He cleaned up the office building on Saturdays.
He and I had recently put down a new floor
in the main office
where the salesmen did
most of their selling.

Burying people did not bother my father
very much.

He often referred to himself
as “a jack of all trades
and master of none.”

His sense of humor
allowed him to save face.

  George Snedeker__


THE BROADWAY HOTEL

I remember the day
the Broadway hotel
fell
to the ground.

What a sound
all of those bricks made
when they hit the ground.

  George Snedeker__

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THE PARADOX

The Paradox was a Macrobiotic restaurant
on East 7th Street.
Paranoid Dave went there,
to eat what other people
left in their bowls.

  George Snedeker__