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Letter to the editor: A poetic tribute to a departed president and his dog

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By Gary Margolis



Lying in state

Isn’t it his dog

we’re drawn to,

his yellow lab retriever?

 

Lying in the Rotunda.

Close to his flag-draped,

military coffin.

 

Trained to stay, until

she’s called to be

of service. Somehow

 

she knows he’s still

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Poem: Lying in State

Posted on December 7, 2018 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Isn’t it his dog

we’re drawn to,

his yellow lab retriever?

 

Lying in the Rotunda.

Close to his flag-draped,

military coffin.

 

Trained to stay, until

she’s called to be

of service. Somehow

 

she knows he’s still

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Poetry: What windmill in the field

Posted on October 29, 2018 |
By Gary Margolis



It doesn't stand for anything.

Its rusting blades.

Its ladder tower. All of it,

it seems, frozen in place.

My neighbor says

 

it's the soul

of our neighborhood.

Until today. When both

of us notice it isn't there.

As if the wind finally

 

knocked it over. Or

the crows flew it away.

And not a couple

of local men who,

now I'm told, wanted

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Poetry: Last dog at the dog park

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Gary Margolis



You and me and the fenced-in

faux hydrant. Private land gone

public. Half-field. Half-lawn.

 

Here in Middlebury. Where

you wouldn’t think we’d need

a half-acre of closed space.

 

For you to run around, eat,

do your daily business.

We owners take account of.

 

Making sure no one forgets.

Doesn’t look to see what’s

incumbent on each of us to see,

 

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Poetry: Painting the steeple

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Gary Margolis



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Chime’s shroud.

Veil’s net.

Christ’s covering.

Let the chips drop

 

where they fall.

Inside the steeple’s

dress. And the men

on their scaffolding

 

no one calls

a cross. Heart-

stopping

and curious,

isn’t it?

 

This black

mask

meant to hold

 

the dust

in. To catch

the street’s

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Poetry: Good-Bye, Ben Franklin

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.

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Poem: At the Christmas Tree Farm

Posted on December 21, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



At the Christmas Tree Farm

Whenever I ask you

to turn down your outside speaker,

you point to your ears,

 

your trees needing to be sold.

Not that I’m against Joy

to the World.

 

Yet some afternoons,

trying to nap,

I’d like to think of joy

 

and the world in the abstract,

a place and feeling to contemplate.

And not a song

 

repeating over and over.

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"Early October"

Posted on October 3, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Early October

 

when my neighbors sight

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Poem: At the Middlebury Dog Park

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Gary Margolis



What joy unleashed, seeing

you here again, late

in the afternoon, after work.

 

So we can say hello,

front to end. Let out

of our cooped-up houses

 

and apartments. Owned

and for a moment freed.

To feel like ourselves.

 

Breeding and not bred.

Writing our names in pee.

Covering each other’s crap

 

with our own. To say

remember who we are.

Friends-in-the world

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Addison County Poem

Posted on June 22, 2017 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



To avoid sounding like poetry

 

Not Karen practicing her flute. Rather

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