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Lee Stern

I want to say no to all of the basking sharks.
But I don’t want them to be terribly offended.
I want to be able to continue our business relationship.
And when the time is right, place all of my trumpets
in the three baskets they use to carry all of their coins.
And I want them to see that I’m looking out for them
even when it isn’t possible to know their names.
I want them to see that the ointment I’m spreading on their fins
doesn’t necessarily keep them from scratching themselves.
But does indicate that, if they should ever wish to travel, they should do it at once,
saying,  “Yes, we know where we’re going.
We’re hooked to the precautions that swim.”


Lee Stern lives in Los Angeles. He used to live in Chicago.
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