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What was Blood What was Oil What was Water

After the war the cities were dust, and where The desert met the sea there was no way to Tell what was blood what was oil what was water. Don’t listen to the wind on the sands at night— It … Continue reading

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Mary Poppins’ Promises

She blew in on the East Wind Clinging to an umbrella Of black silk and memory Snipped from a thundercloud’s heart And stretched over hollow bones. She walks streets in silence now And sings her songs through others. The raven … Continue reading

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Where to Begin, And When to Harvest

In Memoriam: Robert Smith I see you in an old photo Young and gangling in overalls Standing in a field, hands on hips, Considering where to begin The planting and when to harvest. I see you in an oil lamp’s … Continue reading

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A North Wind Ravels

Midnight and now the full moon falls Down the other side of the sky. A north wind ravels skeins of snow Along the river frozen black. A dead spruce stands among the fir In snow here up to their green … Continue reading

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November Rain

I can’t quite remember the rhythms Our pulses beat together at night. All I hear now is November rain, Thready and erratic in the eaves.

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Frost in Autumn Grass

When we stop telling lies to ourselves What is left to us but silence? The past is frost in autumn grass Out there turning buttercups blue. I remember the sound of wings In the mist on a morning river. There … Continue reading

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Night and Day

In dreams the impossible becomes routine. You skate exuberant rings around Saturn With me in one moment and, in the next, pause To consider Jupiter’s situation With gravity before waxing nostalgic About dark Mars bars on late October nights. You … Continue reading

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