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Harvard Fragment

Found scrawled on a torn paper cup blowing through the Square, by the gates of the Yard

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Where the old and the young bide their time in games of Granite

And Plastic concentration

The Skein of ink-blue Letters diminishing in size as they race

From the Styrofoam Lip of the Cup to the Round Cap dregs
From Amerigo Vespucci
Amerigo Vespucci
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Amerigo Vespucci by Wikipedia

At the bottom of the coiled and ever-widening Stain:

Named after a charlatan and a pimp, weak and dissolute with Age

Her Face Paint running in the politically-charged heat

Down her sunken and disease-stricken cheeks

Poor poor Ameriga (it can be said, The People say) has now fallen to a State

At one with her obscure and inglorious etymology.
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Stephen Lee Waterhouse lives in Three Corners, Massachusetts and describes himself--tongue-in-cheek--as an anarcho-totalitarian. It is his understanding that he is named after a Christian martyr and a Confederate general. He currently works for (more...)

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