Photo of Miles Davis at Lennies-on-the-Turnpike, 1968

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New York grows 
In his absence. 
I suppose

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Of Miles, his leathery
Squint, the grace
In his fingers a sliver of the stuff

You can’t get anymore,
As the rest of us wonder: 
What was the name
Of the driver

Of that truck? And the rest
Of us sigh:
Death is one hell 
Of a pickpocket.

© Cornelius Eady