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Picture-book affair
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She asked if she could flip the pages.  
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Of course I told her but how will you
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know when to turn?  My mom says
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this story a lot and I remember the
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pictures.  Ok then we’ll try it I said
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but don’t try to flip and look ahead
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because I won’t be able to read.  Wait
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stop here which one is your favorite?  
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I like the tiny one peeking out of the
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pouch.  Ah that makes sense because
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you’re the tiny one in the family too.  
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Yeah she said I like the tiny ones and
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I like the weird ones too.  That night I
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read to her mother at once wondering
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how she imagined my voice met the
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colored creatury with all this speaking
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I could not see the cartoons but felt
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her tense her toes and begin to turn as
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I lost my anapestic breath enjambed
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in the neck of the Mazurka-bird some
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kind of canary from the now-racist
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depiction of the African isle Yw’arí.
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7 Dec 09


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