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American Life in Poetry: Girls' Middle School Orchestra

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We all hope our children's lives will be better than our own, and invest in that hope in a variety of ways. Here Michael Ryan of California compares what we can provide for them with what we can't.

Girls' Middle School Orchestra

They're all dressed up in carmine

floor-length velvet gowns, their upswirled hair

festooned with matching ribbons:

their fresh hopes and our fond hopes for them

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