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A boy to kiss, A girl to toss

Lines written when my children were very young, but with a sense of appreciation I still feel today.

If I could tender an excess wager

on his forearm floss and skin,

or stake the azure scenics of her eyes

against the beret he rested in,

and win or lose, clasp them hard to me again...


If I could ingest the soprano of his voice,

eat it whole —— couched in soft folds of throat,

or pocket the airborne teeth of her grin

as spread she rises toward the ceilin'...


Or yield up four small palms of fat

stolen from the slapping game we're at,

or breathe just-washed hair as my daily dose of oxygen...


Escort flying babies, those celestial pilots

over star-vaulted chambers of night ——

and yet own up to such a heart

impugned by infant blight,


If I could commit these crimes and worse...

I’d never seek recourse in verse.


—— Albert Fried-Cassorla, January 31, 1984

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