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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 25th December

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Vandana Parashar


again this year

just the signature below

the holiday message


---- Tom Clausen

( First published in the poet's chapbook Unraked Leaves )

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Here's a peek into Tom Clausen's mind, when asked what made him write this verse. I can relate to it a lot. Do you? "In my early years at Mann Library, before automation-computers, the Mann Library staff were a very different 'old school' type of librarians and one such woman, Shirley Taber, was one of my supervisors. She was married to the library, dressed very primly and properly and was as kind hearted as she was rather stern and feared by some of the young staff like me in the late 70's and 80's.

Shirley would invite a few of us to her apartment around the holidays for tea and cookies and conversation. She was well liked for her fairness …


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
29. Dez. 2022
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This is so well said!!!

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dipankar
dipankar
26. Dez. 2022

orphaned

each year at birth

greetings


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lindalee004
lindalee004
25. Dez. 2022

I agree with Dispanker’s assessment but for me it’s that someone that you would expect to write a personal note a friend or especially a family member. Not just a auto card greeting with a signature.

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dipankar
dipankar
25. Dez. 2022

I sense a flavour of ennui in L1. Repeating the same old story. I think L2 and L3 go deeper. They probably question the new year greeting itself. Nothing but the same old greeting and the same old signature. I wonder whose signature the poet is talking about. Could it be someone whose physical presence might have made the poet more happy? Nothing new in Happy New Year. It is dripping with sabi.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
25. Dez. 2022
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Nicely expressed, Dipankar

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