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She turns & climbs up to / Heaven. It is six months before

she reaches God's Throne. Keys hang from the mantelpiece

 

 

Me & First Woman

By Rudolph Lewis

 

She courts a stranger in the dark forest, a Mr. Satan

who points beyond the sun as his first home. But he

now resides in a wondrous land some call Africa.

 

Leaning on her crooked stick, the frowns smooth

out on her  face. She'd always admired a man who

had a bottle filled with  imagination in a bundle.

 

She left him suddenly puzzled & climbed the stairs

up to Heaven where her father lived alone. He enjoyed

peace of solitude and musical silences in his thoughts.

 

Heaven wasn’t like going  next door or to a corner

grocery. First Lady of the World climbed six months

before she reached her father's throne. He already

 

knew what troubles she carried in her heart, in wrinkles

on her brow. He knew her desires and how to cure her

complexities. He pulled keys from above the mantel.

 

By Sunday she was gone. The voyage home is always

short. Butter is cool in her mouth. She locks everything

with her father's gift and blessings, and sings, “A wood-

 

pecker makes a bed go good.” Her husband swells up

like a fallen pine. He knows there is a dead fish on

the line: her Elgin moves are the envy of other men

 

who have yet to know blueness of sky, hear songs

of Senor Mockingbird and His Posse—That’s a dream

I had last night when I was cold, broke and hungry too.

posted 23 February 2006

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For the past three decades, America has steadily become a nation of haves and have-nots. Our incomes are increasingly drastically unequal: the top 1% of Americans collect almost 20% of the nation’s income—more than double their share in 1973. We have less equality of income than Venezuela, Kenya, or Yemen. What economics Nobelist Paul Krugman terms "the Great Divergence" has until now been treated as little more than a talking point, a club to be wielded in ideological battles. But it may be the most important change in this country during our lifetimes—a sharp, fundamental shift in the character of American society, and not at all for the better. The income gap has been blamed on everything from computers to immigration, but its causes and consequences call for a patient, non-partisan exploration.

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