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First Line: Not clear exactly what to do now to clear the eye
Subject(s): Eyes


Not clear exactly what to do now to clear the eye,
sandpaper away from that tender membrane
what has settled on it - crust of unknowing,
crust of the single fixed idea, crust of the image
that won't lift or dissipate, like the fog that
eats the mountain here for days, high, no, low
as the sloped roof of this one-story cottage and
nothing, no cleansing breath or freshened light,
can pierce it. So what to say to scour it? Name
the burn, name the blade, knife, axe, melting acid
that will take away what sticks there tight as
one layer of skin sticks to another while the body
lasts, or fast as one hand, drowning, clasps another.

Copyright Eamon Grennan.
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