Familiar Voices

by Gary Lehmann

HEARING familiar voices, perhaps trusted friends,
Ezra Pound glides down the stairs jauntily
dressed in sharply creased trousers and a blue shirt.
The top two buttons are undone to expose his chest.
He wears blue socks and a sleeveless pull-over.
He smiles, listens intently, but will say nothing.
The sculptor Gaudier-Brzeska is mentioned.
Olga Rudge says, Wasn't his sister named
Sophie-Suzanne? Or was it Suzanne-Sophie?

Ezra looks blank in the face and stares.
I think it was Sophie-Suzanne. Am I right, Pound?
Ezra looks blank in the face and stares.
Ezra, don’t be impossible! Blink twice if yes.
Ezra looks blank in the face and stares.
Well, then, blink once if no.
Pound blinks twice. A faint smile occurs.

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