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My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke | Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor

May 25th, 2016

Episode 595 of 783 episodes

The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy. We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother’s countenance Could not unfrown itself. The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one knuckle; At every step you missed... Read more »

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