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Poems by Russell Edson
Of Memory and Distance
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The Life of Man

 
by Russell Edson

For breakfast a man must break an egg. Then not all the king's horses and all the king's men can do very much about it.

Past perfect the broken egg no longer breaks, a dead man no longer dies...

And as he spills the broken egg into a frying pan he murmurs, Ah, well, too bad about Humpty Dumpty...







From See Jack by Russell Edson. Copyright © 2009 by Russell Edson. Used by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press. All rights reserved.
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