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First Line: Orrick, poet-laureate of st. Louis
Last Line: Is it feet carry them?
Subject(s): New York City; Poetry & Poets; Turtles; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple; Tortoises


Orrick,
poet-laureate of St. Louis,
and Albert,
king of Belgium,
are stopping at the Waldorf-Astoria.
This
could only happen
in New York,
and the people
packing Fifth Avenue,
sidewalks, windows, house-tops, flag-poles,
waiting for the
king, not the poet,
to emerge --
this
could only happen
in people --
for a king,
not a poet,
has to do with heads,
and an appeal to heads
makes people emerge,
wary
as
turtles.
Is it feet carry them?





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