David Rowe

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For My Daughter On Her Tenth Birthday

I'm not sure what your mother has told you
but, in honor of your reaching double digits
(& since I can't be at your party) :

I want first of all
to urge you to learn
how to turn
weakness into strength:
A baseball
pitcher by the name
of "Three-finger" Brown
threw with so much topspin on the ball
thanks to his mangled hand
he made the Hall of Fame.
At a Midtown
Manhattan party,
somebody inadvertently danced
on Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet
so he played it & made it—
the bent-up instrument—
his signature.
One of the most ...

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