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Michael Channing

tinker, tailor
soldier, sailor
rich man, poor man
beggar man, thief

teacher, typer
baby maker
poor girl, kept girl
washer woman, wife

new face--second date
tell me that i'm pretty
deeper voice--a brand new dress
tell me that you like me
wear a mask of indifference
or proudly smile your ugliness
sometimes you need to be someone else
can i be you

aftershave--and a brand new do
tell me that i'm handsome
clip-on tie--i shined my shoes
tell me that i'm wholesome
hang your coat above the hearth
or roll your sleeve down over your heart
sometimes i need to be someone else
could you be me


Tell Me that You Like Me

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Chokes and Warbles
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Chokes and Warbles, a collection of essays and poems by Michael Channing