David Lehman

(June 11, 1948 / New York City)

June 11 - Poem by David Lehman

It's my birtday I've got an empty
stomach and the desire to be
lazy in the hammock and maybe
go for a cool swim on a hot day
with the trombone in Sinatra's
"I've Got You Under My Skin"
in my head and then to break for
lunch a corned-beef sandwich and Pepsi
with plenty of ice cubes unlike France
where they put one measly ice cube
in your expensive Coke and when
you ask for more they argue with
you they say this way you get more
Coke for the money showing they
completely misunderstand the nature of
American soft drinks which are an
excuse for ice cubes still I wouldn't
mind being there for a couple of
days Philip Larkin's attitude
toward China comes to mind when
asked if he'd like to go there he said
yes if he could return the same day

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  • (4/26/2012 6:19:00 PM)

    You are a gifted poet. Hope you become a vegan as are fellow June 11 birthday people Ingrid Newkirk, cofounder of PETA and Dudley G, the founder in 1970 of Animal Liberation (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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