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AUTOBIOGRAPHY (POLISH IT LIKE A PIECE OF SILVER)

I am standing in the cemetery at Byrds, Texas.
What did Judy say? “God-forsaken is beautiful, too.”
A very old man who has cancer on his face and takes
Care of the cemetery, is raking a grave in such a
Manner as to almost (polish it like a piece of silver.

An old dog stands beside him. It’s a hot day: 105.
What am I doing out here in west Texas, standing in
A cemetery? The old man wonders about that, too.
My presence has become a part of his raking. I know
That he is also polishing me.

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Poem AUTOBIOGRAPHY (POLISH IT LIKE A PIECE OF SILVER) - Richard Brautigan