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First Line: The real is not what happens but what is
Last Line: Only the stars, which do not know, can tell
Subject(s): North Pole; Stars


The real is not what happens but what is
About to happen,

Whatever you were dying for before.

Knowing is just feeling
With a sense of direction, and
Thinking tags after like a string of tin cans

Annoying everyone.
Something was about to happen.
Really.

My mother said I'd never make it back
In time by the way she looked at me forever.

She wasn't thinking.

I pledge allegiance to her eyes,
Don't envy me.

When you reach the North Pole the idea of north
Becomes unrealized, free.

Which north was true?
Which south was home?
What is it you are dying for?

Only the stars, which do not know, can tell,
Only the stars, which do not know, can tell.


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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