DPF / Collins

For a year which doesn’t seem all that long ago, especially when one was born in the 60’s, from The Rain in Portugal.

from 1960 / by Billy Collins

The quieter bass solo just reveals
the people in the club
who have been talking all along,
the same ones you can hear
on some well-known recordings.

DPF / Baudelaire

For sharing your gifts, from Paris Spleen, translated by Louise Varèse.

from The Fairies’ Gifts / by Charles Baudelaire

I refer to the law that, in such a case as the present when gifts run short, gives a Fairy the power to accord one more gift, provided she has imagination enough to create one on the spot.