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Epilogue

Izzys epoche left Nora standing between the zucchinis and the cherry tomatoes behind the house Johnny Abilene had built her in upstate New York. Somehow, a year had passed, and her mouth was full of clothespins. She found herself hanging diapers to a yellow nylon line while she stared southwest at dusks rosy fingers. She was in the wrong hemisphere to see the Magellanic Clouds. But I could see her?and Junior too, inside, in the wicker basket next to Noras bed:

Izzovision .

Theres a splash across the southern sky

Named "I love you-oo!"

And I know just what a big man

Ought to do-yodelayhee-do.

Im sorry I left you somewhere in the blue-boo-hoo-hoo

With your mama singing lullabies to baby-boo

Just gimme a great big Magellanic kiss.

Its the sort of thing a daddy ought to miss.

Im gonna bring you right back some day

Though you may be far away,

I can always pull a little stunt

That the folks call "epoche."

Take a long-lost dads advice:

Though yore mamas Guldang nice,

Save a little bit of love for yodelodelayhee- me!


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