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Poem Number 145

The Yawn

Paul Blackburn

The black-haired girl
with the big
                          brown
                                          eyes
on the Queens train coming
                          in to work, so
opens her mouth so beautifully
                          wide
                                       in a ya-aawn, that
two stops after she has left the train
I have only to think of her            and I
                                                                   o-oh-aaaww-hm
                                                                      wow        !

 

from The Cities (Collected Poems), 1985
Persea Books, New York, NY

Copyright 1985 by Paul Blackburn.
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