Monday, November 13, 2006

"Meeting a friend again after thirty years."

Take off that mask. I know it's you.
Those wrinkles, sunken chin,
And goggled eyes can't quite disguise
Your wry familiar grin.

This is our mutual Halloween.
As though we mean to scare,
We face each other through a screen
Of fake teeth, whitened hair.

-X.J. Kennedy in the September 2006 issue of The New Criterion.

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