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David Lehman - February 23

Light rain is falling in Central Park
but not on Upper Fifth Avenue or Central Park West
where sun and sky are yellow and blue
Winds are gusting on Washington Square
through the arches and on to LaGuardia Place
but calm is the corner of 8th Street and Second Avenue
which reminds me of something John Ashbery said
about his poem "Crazy Weather" he said
he was in favor of all kinds of weather
just so long as it's genuine weather
which is always unusually bad, unusually
good, or unusually indifferent,
since there isn't really any norm for weather
When he was a boy his mother met a friend
who said, "Isn't this funny weather?"

It was one of his earliest memories

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Poet: David Lehman
Poem: February 23

Comment 2 of 2, added on January 12th, 2006 at 9:14 PM.

My birthday is February 23 and I really enjoyed the poem. I felt like it was sort of about life- how it always changes, and can be different any given day, but you just have to deal with what you get. The weather can be funny, like anything else.

Cinamon from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on December 16th, 2005 at 11:34 AM.

hey your right about this poem i was born the day you named the poem. i was born on feb.23

see you later

kate from Jamaica

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