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First Line: This day lies under glass
Last Line: Who was here and has gone
Subject(s): Dawn; Sunrise

This day lies under glass,
A relic. Blear and wan,
Two feet wade up the dawn,
Tread and fall back like fish,
Two fish as blind as bone.
The sun, the sun beats down.
A vitreous, brittle sky
Expands to the breaking point
Like burnt glass being blown,
And the blind feet go on.
Nothing can keep it now,
This sky that splits apart,
For the cygnet and the swan
On striding wings have flown
Over the shallow hill,
Dripping across the lawn
Droplets of breaking laughter
Like that of the soulless girl
Who was here and has gone.

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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