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And That’s All

Five pink lilies,
petals splayed,
more perfume
in the room
than one nose
can take in.
Sometimes
the mind
reaches for more—
one more hour,
one more kiss,
one more cookie,
one more glimpse,
one more oh,
it goes on, but
tonight
the scent
of five open lilies,
the scent
of five
pink lilies.

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Open those eyes … the ones that were born in your own skull. —Hsu Yun

I sniffed the lily—
such perfume!—
too closely
and now I wear
its stain.

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Jupiter and Venus
almost touch in the west—
O rising thrill
to see two objects so far
so near.

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I took my heart
for a ski today—
one look
at that diamond field
and it let fall all its clothes.

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It is no lovelier
the scent of the lily,
up close
or across
the room.

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See these scars
on my heart, these new bruises,
it’s not that I have been
unlucky at love, it’s that
I love.

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blank field of snow
just after the blizzard
tracked up in minutes

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driving sixty
while the tears on her cheeks
went eighty

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these deep scars
I wish I could forget why
you can’t see them

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even when I sit
very, very still, God sits
stiller

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the trees pushing green
and in me a longing to
lose everything

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even though I know
they won’t fit, I try them on
her mood rings

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those gossamer dreams
when was it that they became
nooses?

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all I want to know:
when I am with you, can I
be myself?

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watching that star
I forget which of us
is moving

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though all the petals
fell, the lily pistil still
dripping

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come morning my hair
all tangled after a night
of tussling with words

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no one says to
the lily, hey, one more petal
would look better

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these haiku
perhaps I can scrawl them on
bits of DNA

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more poem sprouts?
said the tears—but we just
started plowing

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quarter moon
the boy says, it’s broken,
mommy fix it?

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these dead willow sticks
beside me are so beautiful
I am beautiful

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