Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, I COULD TAKE, by HAYDEN CARRUTH

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I COULD TAKE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I could take
Last Line: Imperfections that match
Subject(s): Leaves

I could take
two leaves
and give you one.
Would that not be
a kind of perfection?

But I prefer
one leaf
torn to give you half

(after these years, simply)
love's complexity in an act,
the tearing and
the unique edges --

one leaf (one word) from the two
imperfections that match.

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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