100-Year-Old Poet
      first name Amedeo
            didn't live long enough

to paint you
      this morning
            (or one of many mornings)

stretched out
      beside me
            to tell the truth, he, Amedeo

did not live long enough at all
      to meet & paint you
            but Hollo (first name Anselm)

has lived long enough
      to see you there

he is not a great painter
      but he is
            your 100-year-old poet

--- From The Tortoise of History
Poems by Anselm Hollo
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