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First Line: Scrabble tiles spilled
Last Line: No one keeping score
Subject(s): Language Games

So many doors through which New England disappears.
No safety here amid Bed & Breakfast Bibles
pilfered from our drawers, Dante's Nineteenth Canto
buried in a thrift shop behind the local church --
the feet of Blake's inverted man bursting to flames.

Nothing else changes, only flowers rearranged
near calendars hung on rusty nails, holy
discarded by immaculate maids like tinder
for the fire -- the town's off-season stillness akin
to that lighthouse etched in stone above our twin beds.

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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