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It will never work
me being a therapist
for I am only an actor who
learned my lines well and waxing them
with added improvisations
from the new books I read
I confess
that some of the best
have gone my way
and just when I think
I see someone
more authentic
I see him sneak
down his throat
a couple of pills
to bring him
through the new
and make the audience
it is he
who can take
us through
god damn it
our new guru

Irwin R. Shaw - July 2nd 1986