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Issue # 4 May 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Aletha Irby

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father at breakfast

alluding to childhood
during the depression
poverty in south carolina
your father scoffed
that you had been raised
in the lap of luxury
in his day unheard of
as he bestowed upon his plate
a doughnut studded as a diadem
and carved with knife and
fork laboriously
hefting to his lips
a chunk as laden
as filet mignon