by Estelle Bruno
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One can take 'It kills him' to mean he is put off by the comment or that he died as a direct result of living in the blazing desert. 'Free' referrs to his offer to 'Come south,' I'm assuming, where, ironically, she may have died also, had she tasken him up on his free offer.
Oh, these little keyboards. I just noticed one of my fat fingers hit two keys at once: tasken should read taken, of course.
Estelle: The last line makes the entire poem with its total ambiguity. Love the craftiness of that line--made me laugh. Does her refusal kill him or does the desert, which she implies in her answer is a killer, do him in? Ha! Nicely played.*
Nice form and approach to the lines, Estelle. Enjoyed this piece.
Quite sardonic. Cool poem, well done!
I loved all of your comments and appreciate your views of what really happened!?
Thanks so much to you all.
Well, I want to know who inherited his money. You are a devil, Estelle!
I've missed you Estelle! And your work as well. Enjoyed this tight little poem. Fave.
Jack, I can't tell you that or you may want half!!!! Big NO
Robert, I'm glad you missed me and it's nice to be back here. Thank you for liking this poem.
Sparse, puzzling, wonderful. *
Beate and Marcus, your comments are so appreciated.
thank you both