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Richard LeDue: After I Turned 40

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Art by Bernice Holtzman © 2024

After I Turned 40

 

by Richard LeDue

 

The Beatles and ice-cold beer

turned into ghosts I learned to live with,

 

but the dead voices sounded

more alive than teeth, chattering

like a cheap joke prop,

except it was conversations

about inflation, the right

time of day to floss,

how much salt to add to soup,

and the best way

to cook steak,

 

which at least, all makes life

seem simple enough sometimes,

 

like fixing a hot day

by eating an entire box of lime jello,

while the sidewalks crack,

unnoticed,

as if they were young once

and believed in love songs.

 

 

Richard LeDue (he/him) lives in Norway House, Manitoba, Canada. He has been published both online and in print. He is the author of nine books of poetry. His latest book, It Could Be Worse, was published from Alien Buddha Press in May 2023.

Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

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