Fall 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 4 Poetry |

Born Yesterday

The concept of evil, as long ago Symbolized by the devil, has evolved Over centuries into the concept Of men, as delineated by (let's Call her) Naima, Halloween night At Fertile Grounds, where she stood Demurely chatting with Ayman, the handsome Proprietor (think Omar Sharif With soul and twinkle) at closing time, As I poked my ancient nose in and said "Trick or treat." Ayman offered a knuckle Bump solidarity hello—alone there By the counter with lovely young Naima, Who, when I said, What's new, smiled Ever so sweetly and said, "Men are evil!" Feeling it ungracious to disagree I didn't, for a moment. But then— Well, solidarity is solidarity. "What about Ayman?" I said. "Ayman Doesn't look evil to me." Naima Fixed upon Ayman a glance of great Critical probity, smiled and said, "Hmm," A moment passed, pregnant, perhaps With reconsideration. Exceptions Prove rules are basically dumb, And really, that's the trouble, after all, With generalization. And what o

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