Listen

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Sparrows chatter in their patois
As if we don’t exist.

I close my eyes and listen.
Again. No use.

After seventy years among them,
I still don’t understand a word

D.E. Thompson

D.E. Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties with several books and chapbooks in this century. Back Roads won the 2008 Sunken Garden Prize. He recently released: Keeping an Eye on the Stones, prose poems from Kattywompus Press; Local Color, a book-length narrative poem from Kelsay Books. An LA Times profile, "Planted in the San Joaquin," remains available online.

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