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A Balance Sheet

Text of Poem

From my father’s family I inherit
this long face and a need for facts,
on my mother’s side a delight in
tales where the hero slays the dragon.
The mirror repeats my age and shows
the wrinkles of my discontent.
I am tangled in webs of habit.
I eat an apple each day, dress up
on Sunday, make love at full moon,
share as much as I borrow, brush
my teeth before I read the headlines,
drink my coffee black with toast.
My files bulge with notes from
committee meetings, I keep a
running account of my expenses.
This stencil for living stamps my work

First Line
From my father's family I inherit
Original Pub Location
Original Publication Date
Original Citation
Poet and Critic 13.2 (1982) 7.
Complete Poems
Word Count

Longer version in Southwest Review 68.3 (Summer 1983). 252. On file.


Poetic Form
Bibliographic Notes

Complete prints 1982 version and titles "A Balance Sheet."