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First Line: The sky was an occasion
Last Line: And they have shadows, double
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


The sky was an occasion
I would never rise to. I had my doubts.

Frost fell back into morning shadows of things.
Gateposts and evergreens had two shadows then,
One white and twice as cold
With half the heart and half again
Smaller.

Better than expected was good enough.
A man could say mercy and mean it.

There were daughters in whom fathers
Would be well pleased, sons
Not able to breed, mothers among the living.

Fields blew away and blew back in, painless.
Everybody died since everybody does, still

I have my doubts
And they have shadows, double.


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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