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MY GRAND­MOTHER, THE ACTRESS

Of the two famous play­wrights
who charmed and beguiled her,
Oscar was Wilde
but Thorn­ton was Wilder.



L TO PAY

I gave my cash to M through Z,
my checks to A through K,
and now, though I have noth­ing left,
I still have L to pay.



THE OPTI­MIST

From birth
to death
it’s worth
the breath.


(all three orig­i­nally appeared in Light Quar­terly)