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Exit Strategy

George Murray
From:   The Rush to Here. Nightwood Editions, 2007


Tell me there is a way to believe it all,
an exit strategy with groggy murmurs
of nothing but rest and a quiet universe.

All I can think of is my child, asleep
in bed, dealing with whatever birthright
his dreams afford his fears, waiting to wake.

Sometimes I feel like Kepler, poised to inherit
pages of wrinkled data, but grumbling,
What a holy-fucking mess Tycho left behind.

Under the surface of the crowd's rumble
is a song. We could have danced, you know,
to the how-not-why of these perfect heartbeats.

It's true. You've not been asked to understand.
You've been asked to listen, and work it out.



First published Backwards City Review #5, 2007, North Carolina.


George Murray's works copyright © to the author.


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