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. It’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.

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2 thoughts on “Still Hands (Cento)

  1. Ahhh, this stirs wishes to re-live recent lunar eclipse with a fresh perspective … leave camera packed away and simply sit in the changing light, noticing not just the moon’s image changes, but also changes in reflections in gravel beneath me, in the skin of my arms, the hue of campsite foliage …

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