Barbara F. Lefcowitz

Rookie (New York City)


Aunt Lorraine was singing Ramona,
slightly off-key but with feeling,
as they used to say, and Uncle Jules
was playing Gershwin on an old upright,
concentrating so hard his face looked down,
creased as if he were in pain, and the women
kept gossiping, complaining about their
hot flashes, comparing face creams,
the men loudly arguing politics or sports,

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