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I’m no longer getting up at midnight to speak to you. ” Poetry stated: “But take into consideration the time you observed the moon over that small canyon that you simply loved far better than the grand one—and how stunned you have been that the moonlight was once eco-friendly and also you nonetheless had one solid eye to work out it with. consider that! ” “I’ll subscribe to the church! ” I acknowledged, huffily, turning my face to the wall. “I’ll how one can pray back! ” “Let me ask you,” acknowledged Poetry. “When you pray, what do you think that you’ll see? ” Poetry had me. “There’s no paper during this room,” I stated. “And that new pen i purchased makes a humorous noise. ” “Bullshit,” stated Poetry. “Bullshit,” acknowledged I. grey i've got a chum who's turning grey, not only her hair, and that i have no idea why this can be so. Is it an absence of nutrition E pantothenic acid, or B-12? Or is it from being frantic and on my own? “How lengthy does it take you to like somebody? ” I ask her. “A sizzling second,” she replies. “And how lengthy do you're keen on them? ” “Oh, at any place as much as numerous months. ” “And how lengthy does it take you to recover from loving them? ” “Three weeks,” she acknowledged, “tops. ” Did I point out i'm additionally turning grey? the reason is, i am keen on this girl who thinks of affection during this means. OVERNIGHTS Staying in a single day in a friend’s condo I leave out my very own mattress in San Francisco and the fellow in my mattress yet in general simply my mattress It’s a bed at the flooring yet so what? This mattress I’m in is lumpy It lists to at least one part It has skinny covers and is brief All evening I toss and switch dreaming of my mattress in San Francisco with me in it and the guy too occasionally in it yet jointly occasionally we're consuming pastrami which he likes occasionally we're consuming different issues MY DAUGHTER IS COMING! My daughter is coming! i've got received her a mattress and a chair a reflect, a lamp and a table. Her room is all prepared other than that the curtains are torn. Do i've got time to shop for shoji panels for the window? i don't. First i have to WRITE A SPEECH see the health care professional approximately my tonsils that are loss of life sooner than agenda see the barber and do a wash go the rustic go Brooklyn and new york MAKE A SPEECH learn A POEM free up my daughter from her father and Washington, D. C. recross the rustic and current her to her room. My daughter is coming! Will she like her mattress, her chair, her reflect table and lamp Or will she see in simple terms the torn curtains? whilst GOLDA MEIR used to be IN AFRICA whilst Golda Meir was once in Africa she shook out her hair and combed it all over the place she went. in line with her autobiography Africans enjoyed this. In Russia, Minneapolis, London, Washington, D. C. Germany, Palestine, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem she by no means combed in any respect. there has been no element. In these locations humans stated, “She seems like the other getting older grandmother. She appears to be like like a troll. Let’s promote her cookery and weapons. ” “Kreplach your cookery,” stated Golda. merely in Africa may perhaps she eventually calm down and comb her hair. the kids crept up and stroked it, and she or he felt appealing. Such tremendous humans, Africans infantile, conceited, self-indulgent, pompous, cowardly and treacherous—a nice unhappiness to Israel, in fact, and very relatively ridiculous in foreign affairs, yet, withal, opined Golda, a humans of attraction and strong flavor.

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