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For "Heidi Zingerline," newly named

                Mordhorst.
A commanding sound -- so majestic!
        It could be a painting
        by Vermeer: View of
                Mordhorst.


                Or a short
story, no? One of Edgar Allan Poe's
        more fearsome inventions --
        "The Fall of the House of
                Mordhorst."

                Or a series
for Masterpiece Theatre -- imagine
        Alastair Cooke: "Welcome
        to tonight's episode of
                Mordhorst

                Revisited."

I'm sorry I misspelled your name. Please
        don't take another just because
        my fingers can't type
                "Mordhorst."

                Ignorant
digits. They pay no attention, and
        sometimes the eyes don't either.
        But the ears delight in
                "Mordhorst."

October, 2000


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