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Two Springlings

I am not
in any hurry says the earth
to my breath

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turning myself
into blue sky, meeting
you there

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don’t blame me
if the apocalypse comes
before I’m done dusting

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everything
that’s been taken from me
was first given to me

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how easily we say
these words, next week,
as if it will come

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why we plant seeds—
because we’ve made a life
out of old tomorrows

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even though
it’s the thousandth rainbow
still running to look

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Six Aimlesses

walking in the room
the dog sniffs the air
where the poem was

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plastic bubble pipe—
what does this have to do
with infinity?

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green exit sign—
wishing I could hang it
above my fear

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empty dish—
the cat never worries
about her figure

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no atmosphere, no
water, no life, Mars at least
you’re still a planet

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in large white letters
the highway sign says MARVEL—
I pass going sixty

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Three Nightlings

mama! she shrieks
I throw back the sheets, leap
run naked through night
but can’t make it into her dream
the place she needs me most

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whatever the moon
says, that is what I
say, too

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rushing out
to smell the morning
before its gone
there will be other mornings
but only one like this

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It would take weeks
to walk to your house, still
our hearts so close.

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This morning I ski
into the woods—forty years
later I ski out.

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The snow did not stop
when I said stop, but it did
not fall forever.

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Across the lake
invisible in the trees,
the crow in my ear.

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That ripple
never travels and it is
always new water.

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