Still Hands (Cento)

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Still Hands (Cento)

I let it burn, rooted as it is. Now
nothing else keeps my eyes

in the cloud – get close to a star,
and there you are, in the sun.

What about all the little stones,
sitting alone in the moonlight?

Silence complicates despair.
I have believed so long in the magic

of names and poems,
and I know that you would take

the still hands to dryness and
loose rocks, where the light

re-immerses itself. Itโ€™s not the story
I want. We cannot live on that.

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Credits:
Sharon Wevill, Julia de Burgos, Francis Ponge, Mary Oliver,
Alberto de Lacerda, Robert Hass, HD, Jacques Dupin, Francesca Abbate, George Oppen.

โ€œStill Handsโ€ appeared in Issue Four of Long Exposure, in October 2016, and prior to that, on this blog in July 2015.

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16 thoughts on “Still Hands (Cento)

  1. This one sent me into a calm trance. ๐ŸŒŸ beautiful.

    By the way can you send me your email again please ๐Ÿ™‚ I am getting over being sick and now able to reach out

    Liked by 1 person

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