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First Line: What lies buried under six feet of snow


What lies buried under six feet of snow
waits to be found while a candle on the sill

burns down, flame guttering over a pool
of wax that hardens when an intimate mouth

comes to extinguish it. How pages of a Bible
keep turning in our sleep while children

ascend the winding stair with prayers long
forgotten. What lingers on in memory returns

as a dream unscrolled, the images most dear
to us nothing more than a blind flickering

on an hourglass near empty. It is no wonder
a candle burns perpetual behind our backs

even as we stare out past a sea of snow
where the voices of what we were converge

with what we are -- incorruptible shadows
that sink back down to the depths below.


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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