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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Captain's Sculpture, parts 228 - 231


 
228. It was obvious that he was very proud of this line of poetry of his, and repeated it to me several times with urgency, examining my face to see if I understood how great it was.


229. Then he said, “When my Language Arts teacher read this line she said that I would have a brilliant career as a poet if I chose to go in that direction.”


230. Well, I chose to be a surgeon, and I am a great surgeon as everybody knows, but I could have been a great poet if I had chosen that path.


231. I was quick to agree with him in order to put an end to what I felt was an embarrassing conversation, but that was far from the end of it.

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