Emblem 92

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* (Footnote)
Too late (perhaps) for me to warn you
of these poems being irreverent or obscure,
but if the latter is true, do please refer

to the plentiful notes where you’ll find
(I can assure you) nothing
but facts (facts) and more facts.

There are also the pictures to compensate
or distract, and you have not (as yet)
committed yourself (financially at least)

to the inevitable sequel coming into view
from the aeroplane window (scratched
with stars): the ice floes’ marbled page

and tomorrow (fingers crossed)
from the hi-rise conference hotel, asterisks
waving in the clear Hawaiian sky.