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Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>One of the best poems I've read in a long time, Eugene -- I'm touched. 
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>Here's something I came upon at random.
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>a happy holiday image
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>http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/__YpskJzcIrxcHt6LhVyrA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9aW5zZXQ7aD00MTY7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2012-12-25T181201Z_500946602_GM1E8CQ05UW01_RTRMADP_3_POLAND.JPG
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>Ah, "where is the penny world I bought /  To eat with Pipit behind the screen?"
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>CR
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>"[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
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>Nancy et al,
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>I hope that you enjoy this poem based upon Eliot's poem based upon the sermon delivered on Christmas Day 1622; and honoring Valerie Eliot.
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>Happy Holidays to all on this list!
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>Eugene Schlanger
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>A Poet’s Wife
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>(for Valerie Eliot 1926-2012)
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>Valerie Eliot has just died.
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>It is said that when she first heard
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>John Gielgud recite the Journey of the Magi
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>She instinctively knew
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>What she wanted to do
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>And what to do.
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>Imagine if in our self-important world
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>You were told that someone
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>Fell in love with life’s purpose
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>Upon hearing a poem; odder still,
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>A poem that recounts an arduous journey
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>Towards an unlikely birth centuries ago.
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>Odd?  Uncommon?  Or
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>In the England between the wars
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>Was there still some lingering presence
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>Of that past in the present before
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>The dismal future that always
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>Portends another end?
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>Perhaps the Magi saw all that and more—
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>In the caravan, in the small town,
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>Among those playing dice and
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>Among those wanting women—
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>And now, centuries later,
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>As winter sets upon us again,
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>I see and hear once more,
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>Melancholic yet magnanimous,
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>Among carpenters and plumbers,
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>Christians and Jews, in Brooklyn,
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>The borough of churches,
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>That same desire for direction.
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