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  • Girl, 2, Pulled from Pond
  • Peter Filkins (bio)

Was it the light            that caught you,recondite            as angel breath,was it the light            that drew youin your summer dress?

Was it the song            of a blackbirdcon-quer-ing            with its call,was it the song            of a blackbird,and that was all?

Was it the scent            of sweet cloverthat, dizzying, sent            you into the field,was it the scent            of sweet clover,that so appealed?

Was it the cool            feel of water,the pond's muddy ooze            sucking each toe,was it the cool            feel of waterthat tempted you so? [End Page 383]

A jitterbug shadow            with wide-open armscrossing the meadow            that parted like air;soon everywhere howls            sown by alarmand you not there. [End Page 384]

Peter Filkins

Peter Filkins's most recent collection of poems is Augustine's Vision. He teaches at bard College at Simon's Rock.



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