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David Lehman - The Difference Between Pepsi And Coke

Can't swim; uses credit cards and pills to combat
   intolerable feelings of inadequacy;
Won't admit his dread of boredom, chief impulse behind
   numerous marital infidelities;
Looks fat in jeans, mouths clichés with confidence,
   breaks mother's plates in fights;
Buys when the market is too high, and panics during
   the inevitable descent;
Still, Pop can always tell the subtle difference
   between Pepsi and Coke,
Has defined the darkness of red at dawn, memorized
   the splash of poppies along
Deserted railway tracks, and opposed the war in Vietnam
   months before the students,
Years before the politicians and press; give him
   a minute with a road map
And he will solve the mystery of bloodshot eyes;
   transport him to mountaintop
And watch him calculate the heaviness and height
   of the local heavens;
Needs no prompting to give money to his kids; speaks
   French fluently, and tourist German;
Sings Schubert in the shower; plays pinball in Paris;
   knows the new maid steals, and forgives her.

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Poet: David Lehman
Poem: The Difference Between Pepsi And Coke
Volume: An Alternative to Speech
Year: Published/Written in 1986
Poem of the Day: Aug 14 2005

Comment 5 of 5, added on January 25th, 2007 at 9:34 AM.

This poem is really funny....!!!!! I liked it alot!!!!!
Good job on all the hard work it took to write it......


cassandra from United States
Comment 4 of 5, added on November 8th, 2005 at 2:26 PM.

This poem was depressing but good. I wrote a paper on the context of them poem. I found this poem to be a great for reading and would reccomed it to anyone.

Aimee from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on August 21st, 2005 at 9:49 AM.

i was searching a poem 4 my project i like this becoz this was my b-day august 14......terrifying poem okkkkkk

jaccel from Philippines

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