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March 9, 1999
To Emily, Daniel and Julia
on a play day in the Desert and the Ice Stage
Hark! What wonder from yonder desert comes
bearing wild extravagance twixt fingers and her thumbs?
Who is that comes from such distant strange extreme
and carries tribute golden for the lord and his regime?
What golden treasures beckon ‘neath that happy care
that such an emissary guards with fortune rare?
Is that sound, that great and joyous clamour
that swells upon the streets, found of true ardour?
Why, ‘tis fair Emily, carrying blocks careworn
in the desert of our kitchen this happy Tuesday morn’.
The gladsome noise that of closer friends caroused in play
that greets our fairest playmate this golden God sent day.
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