all these words are tainted
my infinite regard & respect
words beginning with "l"
are past their due dates
or first application
what is sweet
sweetness, what is a sweetpea
when the drop next to the heart
has gone abandoned
apparently the urge is to language
really "get it" but I guess never really will
the way you do that thing
I'm sorry I mouthed an "l" word,
that was habit on my part, sheer laziness, ack, I can't stop
I didn't mean "overpowering lust"
oh, yeah, I did mean that
I want to tell you I can't talk anymore, yet I must
I want to speak with you every evening, but now the conversation's stopped
I want to draw letters on your limbs with my fingers,
and you would never let me
I want my tougue to express what I can't say, couldn't, wasn't allowed to
Dr. Marie Edel has served throughout.
Carolyn Jakeman, Katharine Pantzer, Berte Shaw, and
Dr. Jeanne Newline – unfailing kindness.
Miss Eva Faye Benton, my special thanks.
Finally, my wife, who read aloud to me the complete text (including punctuation marks).