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First Line: Is it some turn of wind
Subject(s): Swallows


Is it some turn of wind
that funnels them all down at once, or
is it their own voices netting
to bring them in -- the roll and churr
of hundreds searing through river light
and cliff dust, each to its precise
mud nest on the face --
none of our own isolate
groping, wishing need could be sent
so unerringly to solace. But
this silk-skein flashing is like heaven
brought down: not to meet ground
or water, but to enter
the riven earth and disappear.


Copyright Debra Nystrom.
http://www.wlu.edu/~shenando






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