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Dawn Song

From: Cream City Review
Volume 36, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2012
pp. 124-125 | 10.1353/ccr.2012.0056

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Death and I have our shoulders shrugged,
our birds sailing. When someone goes,

the ice forms a thin film atop the pond.
When your father, when your mother, when

the moon. We grow old with these femoral
clouds floating low-slung along the ridge.

Even the grass, the mud, the trees. Even
ardent light bleeds. And if we have our alibis

of longing: vespers of early frost shining
lonely in a field. And if we have this aperture

of memory: draught of wind, draught of years.
Or say our hands, our lips, our eyesight.

Otherwise there is just this cooing of
mourning doves and the boots we press

against the ice to make it fissure. Delicate
as a sigh, half-unfinished. Even the snow

that fell overnight and gathered where the yellow
grass peeks through. Here is the narrow

breath of the body. The horses by the fence,
the juncos fat on the telephone wire.

When the legs, when the chest, when
the tongue.

Copyright © 2012 University of Wisconsin Board of Regents
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Ramspeck, D.(2012). Dawn Song. Cream City Review 1(1), 124-125. Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Retrieved May 6, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
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