Winter 1961 • Vol. XXIII No. 1 Poetry |

The Death of Arthur Flegenheimer*

The stenographer takes down every word,No matter how they sound to habited ears;The pencil on the tablet scratches, unawareThat Dutch is flying out the window whereTwo angels dressed as Izzy and MoeWill try to get the goods on him for sure. A fever of a hundred and six, but stillHas it been in any other papers?As if he cannot die until he seesIt printed, funereal black and certain,Rolled out upon a high-speed pressWith mourning exclamations walking after. A telegram from Madam Queen of Policy arrives,To gloat: AS YE SOW, SO SHALL YE REAP,High-yellow banker laughing last;His life is going into lines and hooksUpon green paper, fish reeled out on grass---Please make it quick, fast and furious. Coll gibbers like a lemur from the boothMaking his call without a telephone,The ragged entries of the Thompson slugsSmiling a welcome to the coming guest;Rabid Cerberus is waiting; the boy offersA dog biscuit to the wrong mad dog. He prays to principalities and powers:Police, Mama, He

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