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SONGS FOR TWO SEASONS: 1. AFTER GRAVE ILLNESS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The body has two seasons
Last Line: Things simply are
Subject(s): Sickness; Illness


The body has two seasons
and doesn't exist to be changed;
it itself changes-as moths come into a field,
then the hunted deer.
Who knows from the outside
where death grows?

A man rubs his eyes as if to recover
some first sight. Clouds scuttle.
There is rain; there's snow;
a northerly wind crushing in its teeth
the year's seeds.
He is pushed inside
out like a glove showing its lining.
Things simply are.

First published in The Kenyon Review, Volume 22 #2 Spring 2000.
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