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ANDREAS WEILAND AND JACK FOLEY: BACK AND FORTH


                                                   JACK FOLEY


                 FOR ANDREAS IN GERMANY FROM JACK IN CALIFORNIA

              It's a cold February day

              in Germany                                          Yes,
              but a warm February day                             but I also saw
              in California                                       Andreas's poem

                                                                  about the friendship
              I see Andreas                                       of poets

              moving through the cold                             despite distance,
              feeding the birds                                   about the deep friendship

              so they will not starve                             of the ancient Chinese--
              Jack wandering                                      and about our friendship

              through the house
              victim                                              and I knew
              of a disturbing                                     that the dream of love

              low blood sugar                                     and the dream of brotherhood
              incident...                                         could dispel


              you are in a dream state                            the nightmare

              but functioning                                     of violence,
              in reality.                                         of sickness,

                                                                  and the mystery
              why did I tear those pieces of
              paper?                                              of the torn pages

              there was a reason in the
              dream

              but I can no longer tell you
              what it was.


              I know only that I woke to see

              torn papers
              on my chair...
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