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A Poem About Thaddeus Kosciuszko

A poem about Thaddeus Kosciuszko


Maybe it had something to do with the stars
eyes, dreams, lips, and the days and nights
of politics or the difficulty of spelling Thaddeus Kosciuszko's name:
after all, George Washington the planter who felt exploited
by British merchants, hampered by their regulations.
The first president of the United States
wrote it eleven different ways in dispatches and letters
before he finally got it right:

The wrong spelling is not the end of the world:
each May, trees of lilacs bloom
and leaves of grapevines are ...

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