Come in from the Rain

By Tim Dlugos 1950–1990 Tim Dlugos
Stick that bumbershoot
in elephant’s-foot

brolly stand behind
the big door. Mind

your manners at High Tea.
Hi, you. High ve-

locity hailstones cream
passersby beyond the panes. I dream

of Jeannie, starring Bar-
bara Eden, of Eden, star-

ring Eve and Adam, of Adam
Cartwright, a.k.a. the let-'em-

Trapper John. Pander

to the mass-man mass-taste,
that’s my motto. Waste

the day, the life, the villain
with depression, fill-in-

the-wrong-blanks misap-
prehension, dum-dums. Nap

an hour through the Buddy
Ebsen as a perspicacious fuddy-

duddy whodunit. Then produce
the silver teapot, loose

Earl Grey and table water
slabs. Somebody’s daughter

carries on the grand tradition
in the grandma manner. Wishin’

you were here don’t place you
in the old wing chair. Face you

in the photos, china, art
on parlor walls. It’s raining in my heart.

Source: Poetry (July/August 2009).


This poem originally appeared in the July/August 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

July/August 2009
 Tim  Dlugos


Poet Tim Dlugos was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. From 1968 to 1970, he was a Christian Brother at LaSalle College in Philadelphia. He left LaSalle and moved to Washington, DC, where he participated in the Mass Transit poetry readings. In the late 1970s, he moved to New York City and was active in the Lower East Side literary scene, where he was a contributing editor to Christopher Street . . .

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Couplet, Rhymed Stanza

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