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Wednesday, March 11, 2020


On an airplane once I read a Scottish
detective novel, set maybe in Glasgow.
Years later I remember nothing but an opening scene:
a young man thinks to bully, humiliate

a geezer in a pub. Stumbling out hours later,
he (the younger man) gets hit hard
perhaps with coins wrapped in a sock
by the patient older man, lying in wait.

The image stuck with me. The lesson
too obvious to explain, luminous in the facts
as related, even in my second hand account.
In my memory it has the power and immediacy of Homer.

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