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from Spring Plowing

They keep their lanterns covered.
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from Christmas Eve

Our ages sit down with a table between them,
eager to talk.
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from november 18

each watching from darkness
this man with the moon on a leash.
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from november 12

I walk the dark hall of the road
with my life creaking under my feet
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from november 9

The sky hangs thin and wet on its clothesline.
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from Untitled

"Here," he says smiling,
"you can make something special with this."
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from Dishwater

a glorious rainbow
with an empty dishpan swinging at one end.
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from The Old People

They are feeling their way out into the night,
letting their eyes adjust to the future.
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(Sorry I keep falling behind, guys! But hey, we're almost at the end of the month!)

from Student

The green shell of his backpack makes him lean
into wave after wave of responsibility,
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from Four Civil War Paintings by Winslow Homer

Some part of art is the art
of waiting
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from Lobocraspis griseifusa

You awaken serene, in a sunny room,
rubbing the dust of his wings from your eyes.
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from Sparklers

I could hear
your heart, I think, and feel your breath
against the darkness
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from Nocturne

a thing of dust and starlight,
scarcely stirring.
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from Christmas Eve

We are so much alike
we both weep at the end of his stories.
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from Mother

Were it not for the way you taught me to look
at the world, to see the life at play in everything,
I would have to be lonely forever.
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from Year's End

Otherwise, not much has happened;
we fell in love again
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from Walking at Noon Near the Burlington Depot in Lincoln, Nebraska

a little piano recital of chrome
for someone to whom all things
where full of sadness.
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from At the County Museum

And on the board bench where dozens of drivers
jounced year into year, clicking their tongues,

is a black plush cushion that for each, for a time,
helped to soften the nearness of death.

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