The Alphabet

In Dubliners,
Duffy "lived a little distance
From his body,"
Like a plucked brain,
Like a leaping Antaeus.

The touch of her hand
On his cheek
Might have cured him,

But he'd neither learned the alphabet
Of simple somersaults
Nor held the Roman torch:
Mens sana in corpore sano
(A sound mind in a sound body).

O Duffy Descartes:
"I think; therefore,
I am

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