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How Did I Know, Joe?
by Doug Holder

Sunday, October 26, 2003

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A character I knew, who hung out in a sprawling cafe in Harvard Square.

How did I know, Joe?


with your wounds highlighted


stains on your crumpled


summer seersucker--


 


How did I know, Joe?


hurling your angry invective


at the Spanish busboy


who prematurely cleared your table


crying


mourning the loss


of your cheap tabloid.


 


How did I know, Joe?


when you threatened to kill your elderly mother


who crully let you live rent free


at 53?


 


How didI know, Joe?


That you would be back on the locked ward


reciting your long resume


smiling at me pompously


then lowering your eyes


in childish shame.

Ibbetson Street Press

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