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2003-11-24

Scott Joplin
B. 11.24.1868 Linden, Texas / D. 4.1.1917 Manhattan
Syphilis

a-one a-two a-one-two-three
Joplin
a man
was on a postage stamp
frowning
some time ago now
at a piano
he sat
composing
a lost opera
high collar tight
a lamp played low
gas hissed
quietly
encomiums blessed and harmoniums tuned to the pitch of the rain
Solace
rain falling hard on an earth that was thirsting and thirsting in vain
a Tango
until octaves of cloud filled each measure of sky to a towering height
and then a hard rain fell upon the postage stamp and all the dancers took a bow
Scott Joplin
at the keys of an upright piano
seventeen cents ago now.

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