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GENE NEWMAN: The Can’t Openers


Dining for seniors is becoming uncanny.
Canners now baffle both Grandpa and Granny.

Soup, hash and green beans are out of our reach.
We try but we fail to accomplish the breach.

With one bruised finger and one shredded nail
we tug at the lid loops, but always we fail.

Gene Newman was a USAF cryptologist during the Korean War and is a retired engineer and journalist, including stringing for the N.Y. Times and being a crossword puzzle creator for the New York Times and USA Today.


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