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Good Advice By Ruth Stone

March 12, 2000

Here is not exactly here

because it passed by there

two seconds ago;

where it will not come back.

Although you adjust to this--

it's nothing, you say,

just the way it is.

How poor we are,

with all this running

through our fingers.

"Here," says the Devil,

"Eat. It's Paradise."


From "Ordinary Words" by Ruth Stone (Paris Press: 80 pp., $19.95)

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