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From: Scissor, Paper, Woman. Manotick, Ontario: Penumbra Press, 2000.
Convalescent stooped and slow
advancing through her muddy yard
she finds sharp shoots
have pierced the melt-drenched loam
& down the road
meadows tremble in the wind
like reeling firmaments disclose
in their appearing randomness
the sweetest means that you or she
or any wandering Thales might
choose to be
at the moment
when we die
Remember him in old Miletus?
agape below unscrolling stars
he cartwheeled off a cliff
to his last surprising
death in moon-white seas
& crippled Patchen?
like some Zorba dancing on an empty beach
in his mad calm astonished
whirled round hard and held
his very death in close embrace
until he shouted in his croaking voice
at sunset one cloud-riven day
the finest phrase that I have ever read
& Takuboku too
one for each last
so by a small-town patch of ground
spiked with sharp unfurling tips
in April now she sends you this
grass-stained letter no return address...
the crown of an ailing elm
stirs all night long
Marianne Bluger's works copyright © to The Estate of Marianne Bluger.