that's free to dream
turns to Alan Alda's laughable mug
and traces in carbon
that arise like giggles
in response to this setup. It's the hand's hope
to harvest laughter, and sell the whole bushel
Wylie, ferocious "can-do" literary agent
nicknamed "The Jackal" by the British press.
does Alan Alda think about you doing this?" someone asked. I
called Alan for permission and he quoted world-famous poet Diane Ward;
"Awhenever one whoever touches makes up dialogue in me."
I suggested we change that to the perhaps more marketable phrase "whoever
touches me makes a dialogue of me," but Alan, busy following his father's
role in The House of Exorcism starring Elke Sommer, Telly Savalas,
and a large cast of Italian actors, had already hung up the phone.
that refuses to dream
After a phone's categorical click, wavers
In the suddenly-bookish atmosphere.
woman appears wearing a pineapple-flavored
And licks the hand's palm. "Oh, puh-leez!" the hand thinks,
as it goes back
of Alan Alda with the dark brown hair
and the glories that lie therein.