Paul Grayson



We were driving somewhere, anywhere—

I in my nineties,

Lucia in her eighties—

Two widows in the back,

When I said,

We turn right at the next corner, Darling.

He said "darling," said the first widow;

Yes, he said "darling," said the second.

Restoration Poem


Charles the Second, aggrieved monarch—

His father decapitated,

He is a wandering beggar in those years of exile,

Waiting for his triumphal return—

He shakes his head and answers "Nay"

To the Commons in their pursuit of vengeance.

A strange man, a merry man:

Women flowed in and out of his bed

Like water in a sluice.

When one of them exclaimed

"Your majesty! What an honor! What good luck!"

Quoth the king, as he thrust deeply,

"Can the chatter, call me Chuck."

Paul Grayson served as a weather observer in World War II in the U.S. Air Force for four years, including two years in mainland Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.  He has a B.S. in botany and an M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics.  Prior to retirement, he worked as a statistician and economist for the Census Bureau, Social Security Administration, and the IRS.  His poems have appeared in Mercury, Comment, Phoenix, Quirks, and the Statistical Reporter.  He has published research papers in the Journal of Farm Economics, Statistics of Income Bulletin, and elsewhere.  He has been a featured reader of his poetry on satellite radio and at Mariposa, the Kensington Library, and other D.C. venues. Paul recently celebrated his 95th birthday.



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