the pee as in pulchritude
oh pronounced ough
as in bough
the ee rather poised
(pronounced ih as in wit)
then a languid high tea…
pause: then the coda—
ray pronounced rih
with the left eyebrow raised
—what a gracious bouquet!
Poughit. Rih.
That was my education
—and nothing to do with me.

from outside the narrative: Poems 1965-2009 (Etruscan Books/Wordpower Press, 2011), Tom Leonard 2011, used by permission of the author.

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