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Mitch Sisskind - Correspondent at Large

The Four Noble Truths [by Mitch Sisskind]

Number One, in a nutshell: life is pain
And (Number Two) life's pain is caused
By desire; so if Old Smengie desires
A coffee date date with Paige Spiranac
(Google her) because It might possibly 
Lead to "something," then Old Smengie
Will feel pain and not just because he
Desired the "wrong thing" but because
He desired "anything" at all. Fortunately
(Number Three) there's a way out of
This predicament which is to follow
(Number Four) the Eightfold Path
Which says (once again, in a nutshell)
Do the "right thing." Problem solved!


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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