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Big Apple Melody

After the devastation

of World War Three

and their second divorce


they moved underground

to separate apartments

between tectonic plates


their children shuttled

between east and west

momma bear to papa bear


until they were old enough

to leave home start

their own wars trying vainly


not to make the same mistakes

eating only at recommended restaurants

where the waiters changed


as waiters tend to change

first German Japanese

Korean Vietnamese and


finally any refugee who

hadn’t been born in New York

who’d had only one set of parents


one God, one psychoanalyst

who always greeted them like

old friends and showed them


to the same table their parents

had occupied

since Hiroshima

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