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Doctor William Kennedy

(professor of theatre)

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Lord, love a duck

It’s an expression or the title

Of a show

My roommate and I

Used to pass it back and forth

On birthdays

Happy Birthday, Lord Luvaduck

A USA way to have a title

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This was in school

He did well

I did well

I hated it

But liked him

His strength and creativity

His creativity

Intelligent as he was tall

I’m not sure what that means

Except that he was six-and-a-half

Feet tall

And maybe a little more

I liked his parents, too

And his brother

Also very smart

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I wish we’d stayed in touch

And we did, a little

We wrote Happy Birthday to each other

And I tried to say something clever

(he was clever)

Then and now and then

I tried

To let him know I cared

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He had

A good, steady career

And was much-loved at his workplace

It said so on the website

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We got old

He got sick

He died

A couple of years ago

There was no one to tell me

I had to find out

Recently

I suppose in a world

In which electrons carry messages

More so than people speaking

Out loud,

This must happen

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He went by Bill

I miss him

I can so easily

See him across the desk

Smart man

Faithful

He liked Dad’s root beer

We watched ‘70s television

We met onstage

Roommating was his idea

Good idea

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C L Couch

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“Lord love a duck!” is an expression of astonishment and relief; also the title of a novel, said novel used to make a feature film

[I used electrons to find this out]

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Photo by Manos Gkikas on Unsplash

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