POEM: The Sport of Kings (with apologies to Hemingway)

The Sport Of Kings
(with apologies to Hemingway)

I was fucking
a good-looking kid
from Baltimore
whose uncle owned
a great horse
(Spectacular Bid)

feeling like family
I rooted him home
to win the Derby
two weeks later
it was the Preakness
when he lost the Belmont
I felt like shit
then the kid
takes off for Maryland
when she gets back
it’s not the same

I don’t know
sometimes   it seems
they don’t leave
a guy   nothin’



101 Great American Poems (Dover Thrift Editions)

POEM: Waugh


Evelyn Waugh
wrote the following

to know and love
another person
is the beginning
of all wisdom

if this is true
my darling Nan
my English girl
you have made me
the wisest fool
in all the world

POEM: Porter

Katherine Anne

story writer

was also   it seems

an original thinker

alone of anti-semites

she found the Jews

to be   stupid

who could she mean

Montaigne  Spinoza

Proust  Kafka

Freud  Einstein

as my Jewish grandmother

would sometimes say

what’s not to like