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  1. Hope you feel better. (I’m in your OLLI class). Thought you would enjoy this poem:

    by Billy Collins

    In the old joke,
    the marriage counselor
    tells the couple who never talks anymore
    to go to a jazz club because at a jazz club
    everyone talks during the bass solo.

    But of course, no one starts talking
    just because of a bass solo
    or any other solo for that matter.

    The quieter bass solo just reveals
    the people in the club
    who have been talking all along,
    the same ones you can hear
    on some well-known recordings.

    Bill Evans, for example,
    who is opening a new door into the piano
    while some guy chats up his date
    at one of the little tables in the back.

    I have listened to that album
    so many times I can anticipate the moment
    of his drunken laugh
    as if it were a strange note in the tune.

    And so, anonymous man,
    you have become part of my listening,
    your romance a romance lost in the past

    and a reminder somehow
    that each member of that trio has died since then
    and maybe so have you and, sadly, maybe she.

    “1960” by Billy Collins from The Rain in Portugal. © Random House, 2016. Reprinted with permission.

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