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First Line: In a blazing sunset


In a blazing sunset
the gondola
moves silently along
the surface
of the lagoon, like somebody
sneaking up on Sleeping Beauty.

Green ducks fly up
against the light,
electric as shock
from some invisible crevice,
and they are caught
in midair
by my own wonderment
and remain bright
as dandelions
and as tentative as cats
on the fondamenta
after a storm.


Used with the permission of Copper Canyon Press, P.O. Box 271, Port Townsend, WA
98368-0271, www.cc.press.org




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