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Poetry

by Lawrence Dugan

SAYING NOTHING ON WALNUT STREET

For once thinking of the right
Thing to say, not later on:
At a Beckett play at Annenberg

A Penn student snapped open
A can as the second act started
And a Dublin actor looked up

At him and said nothing, an
Inquisitive Irish face staring
Into darkness, without a word

As if challenging the Atlantic,
Before the talk resumed, one
Lost man to another, with no

Interruptions to the silence
The comedians on-stage defying
Anyone to out-clown their despair.

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