August 31 Happy Anniversary

A weekly poem, read by the author.
July 25 2001 3:00 AM

August 31 Happy Anniversary

You've been together
thirty-nine months
do I think that's
significant I do why
thirty-nine is the number
of months you need to be
accident-free to erase
traffic violations from
your driving record it's
the number of lines
in a sestina the number
of "Steps" in Hitchcock's
dream of espionage with
the male and female leads
handcuffed together
overnight on the train
to the distant north

David Lehman is the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. He won the 2010 Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP for his book A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs. He teaches in the graduate writing program at the New School in New York City.

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