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Max Reif

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(..................14sept2) Portrait: Two Men


The two men
walk together like overgrown boys,
a jaunty humor jingling between them.

One of them dwarfs the other.
The smaller, compact man
carries a rolled up blueprint
under his arm.
The other is big and athletic.

Are they brothers?
The are like octaves of the same song,
point counterpoint, music
walking nonchalantly along.

Submitted: Friday, September 14, 2007
Edited: Saturday, April 09, 2011

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  • Julia Klimenova (7/18/2009 6:06:00 AM)

    It's a great idea to compare human bond and connection to music, harmonious or discordant. A fine poem indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (9/21/2007 5:06:00 PM)

    Max, I have to agree with Tara about your 'octaves of the same song' - it certainly is a satisfying metaphor, as is this slice of life you portray in your highly accessible and wonderfully poetic style. Love your 'jaunty humor jingling between them' too. A thoroughly appealing piece. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (9/14/2007 12:34:00 PM)

    Now that is a brilliant analogy (octaves of the same song) . Lovely subtle rhyming scheme. I love to people-watch and have often wondered such a thing. Cousins? Brothers? Father and son? Excellent Max - and summed up so succintly. t x (Report) Reply

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