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My Daughter at the Age of Reason
David Alpaugh

"Will you please get that cat out of your bed!"
I shout, opening Janet's door to say goodbye— 
on my way down the hall, out to the garage, 
onto the freeway towards work.
"He's full of fleas!"
She draws Marshmallow closer
strokes his white belly
kisses his ears, eyes, nose and whiskers.
"He's full of love," she smiles.

From Heavy Lifting (Alehouse Press, 2007).
Used with permission.

David Alpaugh was born in New Jersey, but now lives in the San Francisco, California Bay area. His poems and essays have been widely published  in journals and anthologies, including the Dana Gioia-edited California Poetry from the Gold Rush to the Present.  David’s most recent book, Seeing the There There, is a collection of 89 poems and images full of humor and surprises. A finalist for Poet Laureate of California, David teaches poetry for the University of California Berkeley Extension and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Learn more about him at





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Love it dad!
Posted 11/01/2013 11:39 AM
Wilda Morris:
Love it!
Posted 11/01/2013 10:59 AM
so who is the wiser one???
Posted 11/01/2013 07:51 AM
Ahhh, purrfect!
Posted 11/01/2013 07:45 AM

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