And where have you been?
so quiet,
so sincere,
rejection mixed casual
with a feeling of permanence

Where have you been?
so starving,
so dry,
taunting the helpless crows -
"clean up this mess!"

So what's it like?
so experienced,
telephone watching the wall
and cry-baby cry-cry-cry

Who are those people?
so excepted,
naked indian throw rugs
and well-to-do mugshots

And couldn't this be a homecoming?
all cautioned,
black castle cardboards
and singular names

So what is the meaning
of houseguests,
four letter wristwatches,
and holidays in the city?

Now, why don't you listen?
so moonstruck,
Jerusalem, Indiana
and other misleading names ...

Sal"ly (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sallied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sallying.] [F. saillir, fr. L. salire to leap, spring, akin to gr. ; cf. Skr. to go, to flow. Cf. Sallient, Assail, Assault, Exult, Insult, Saltation, Saltire.]

To leap or rush out; to burst forth; to issue suddenly; as a body of troops from a fortified place to attack besiegers; to make a sally.

They break the truce, and sally out by night. Dryden.

The foe retires, -- she heads the sallying host. Byron.


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Sal"ly, n.; pl. Sallies (#). [F. saillie, fr. sailir. See Sally, v.]


A leaping forth; a darting; a spring.


A rushing or bursting forth; a quick issue; a sudden eruption; specifically, an issuing of troops from a place besieged to attack the besiegers; a sortie.

Sallies were made by the Spaniards, but they were beaten in with loss. Bacon.


An excursion from the usual track; range; digression; deviation.

Every one shall know a country better that makes often sallies into it, and traverses it up and down, than he that . . . goes still round in the same track. Locke.


A flight of fancy, liveliness, wit, or the like; a flashing forth of a quick and active mind.

The unaffected mirth with which she enjoyed his sallies. Sir W. Scott.


Transgression of the limits of soberness or steadiness; act of levity; wild gayety; frolic; escapade.

The excursion was esteemed but a sally of youth. Sir H. Wotton.

Sally port. (a) Fort. A postern gate, or a passage underground, from the inner to the outer works, to afford free egress for troops in a sortie. (b) Naval A large port on each quarter of a fireship, for the escape of the men into boats when the train is fired; a large port in an old-fashioned three-decker or a large modern ironclad.


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