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First Line: Between permission
Subject(s): Life

Between permission
and obligation
what light gets in
is sifted fine.
A deep separateness
blesses the evergreens,
ashamed of nothing.
Hardly a day goes by.
The long unlikelihood
suffusing all things
becomes, if left alone,
the same as loneliness.
For instance the kindling
you raked into heaps
by the chopping block,
the rubberbands
you left on doorknobs:
little miracles of sadness,
the order things are in,
a shame.
I never asked
for choices or desire.
I never would have turned.
I'd harvest snow
to live on like the timber does.
Days would go by, restrained.

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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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