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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Charles D. Tarlton


The Long Beach Press Telegram

I remember my father stopping to pick up
His Long Beach Press-Telegram, the evening paper.
It was all on green newsprint, and I am sure
There were sufficient adult reasons for that.

Like peppermint candy ribbons in display cases,
or the pedals and steering wheel in our gray Olds,
It was a common part of life, though out of reach.
Now, when I think of it, I feel an odd familiar
Sweetness in my chest, a door into what is past
That's slightly ajar, but can never be opened.