“The Old Man”

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Poet’s Note: I have been rashly corrected on the spelling of “somersault” but “summersault” is actually a less-seen variant to which I changed later because, as should be obvious, it works better in a poem about a man who has tired of seeing the seasons change.

“Ode” was first published in the anthology Paper Dance: 55 Latino Poets, edited by Víctor Hernández Cruz, Leroy V. Quintana, and Virgil Suárez., Persea Books (1995).

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