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      Ted Hughes

the day I heard that Ted Hughes had died
I felt quite sad
not as sad as I had been when Chapman
shot John Lennon
or even as sad as when I heard
John Denver had died in a plane crash
or Elvis on his toilet eating burgers
but I was sad
not as sad as when the flowers
that made you smile
had wilted
or the holiday we booked was cancelled
I just thought it was a little sad
wondered if he would
rest in peace
or have his name scratched off
his own tombstone
like off Sylvia’s

on the day I heard that Ted Hughes had died
we went to McDonalds
thought about who would be
the next Poet Laureate
realized it didn’t matter
because no one would ask us anyway
and someone would be
whatever we said
and later we would be able to say
we never chose them

later still when I found Ted Hughes
was laid to rest
hidden on Dartmoor
I thought that was
really sad



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