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  • If I had a man cave,
    it would be walled in brick
    with a portrait of a sojourner,
    smoking a pipe or swinging a pick

    it would have a hearth of oak
    and a table for flies
    an oversized monocle
    for tying down feathers and lines.

    a warn leather arm chair
    with a mug holding coffee
    or whiskey, or claret
    or whiskey in coffee

    and about me my journals
    to write in and read
    what I wished I'd done
    as a boy with a dream.

    I haven't a man cave.
    But I do have a basement
    with washer and dryer
    and a wife who's quite patient.
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