Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EVERYBODY KNOWS, by DAVID IGNATOW

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First Line: The flowers we forget to buy
Last Line: Everybody knows what flowers cost
Subject(s): Flowers; Gifts & Giving

To Howard he said, "This morning I am tired."
If he could have told he had spent the night
thinking of the difference in the values
laid on money and love and yet money
without love was valueless, while love
could not exist without money to spark it;
if he could have said all these thoughts
kept him awake, Howard behind his desk,
littered with contracts, would have replied,
grinning, "Didn't you sleep at all?"

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