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Posted on May 28, 2018 |
By Gary Margolis



Oh store of Most

Everything. Gold

pins. An aquarium.

 

Plaid cloth.

The least of things

and more. Main

 

Street’s store

named for Invention’s

Curiosity.

 

What can we do

with a key and a kite

string? Invent

 

electricity. All

manner of pens.

One to sign

 

a constitution

with. Ours and theirs.

Oh, Middlebury’s

 

forever shelves

and bins. Toys

in the basement.

 

Hand-held

flags. Let’s not

forget your rack

 

of frames.

Oh framers

of our

 

Constitution.

To which we bid

Adieu,

 

Good-bye,

Auf wiedersehen

Tam Biet,

 

our American,

Vietnamese

friend.

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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