Poem #12 of 30

Do not abbreviate names
except in anger—it is not an endearment.
It is diminishing or worse, lazy.
The impermanence of things.
To send cards. To save cards.
That easy words are best left to cards;
hard ones might come with spit or empty air…
To give it a chance. Refuse or resist.
And always eat something

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THINGS I MUST REMEMBER

How often to polish the silver.
To take the eggs out of the refrigerator
in advance and always level the sugar.
That tomatoes are best in summer
raw and with plenty of salt.
The proper application of the word, “dear;”
Neosporin always works; and only Dove
will do.  Do not abbreviate names
except in anger—it is not an endearment.
It is diminishing or worse, lazy.
The impermanence of things.
To send cards.  To save cards.
That easy words are best left to cards;
hard ones might come with spit or empty air.
To read for information; entertainment is relative.
To give it a chance. Refuse or resist.
And always eat something
when you wake up and of course
something salty with your sweets (once at dinner
and again before bed). To wear an apron.
Land is worth more
than the structure on it; to invest in the earth.
How long to boil fudge before it seizes.
What seizing looks like.

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