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FOR REMEMBERING HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Your loneliness and mine
Subject(s): Absence; Change; Solitude; Separation; Isolation; Loneliness


Your loneliness and mine
Added together
Make one ingenuous loneliness.

No one will believe this but you.
When you were here it rained each night.
Each morning found you

Beached against me like an irrefutable ark.
Vast, self-conscious island,
You said with eyes closed.

When you left, your pairs
Of slight nocturnal sighs went with you.
I listen to my ears ring now,

The sound of me getting nowhere.
Though I'm telling you there are mountains so distant
It hurts to look.

If there are two kinds of loving,
As everybody thinks he knows,
Two kinds of dying,

Then one of each is easy,
Like the sadness that weds us.
There are two ways to be alone:

One is filled with sunlight
And the yellowing aspen turn it, by alchemy,
Into themselves.


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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