Spring 1985 • Vol. VII No. 2 Poetry |

Winter, a Walk in Pinewoods

For Theo, on her seventh birthday Sometime, but not too long from now, it will come to you That nothing you hear in the trees is trying to speak: You have listened all this time without questioning Even for a second where it comes from, but the moment Is not far off when you will hear that voice you believe in breakLike a pubescent boy's, and you will never again even think In the language you thought you heard Saying, over and over, something you understood: These are the woods, those are the clouds, this is the cold echo Of wind that moves between. Today I am here, I tell you, and you, God help you, are my daughter: but these are words, and only Keep you from knowing the prickling Voice you will hear soon enough and believe is breaking, Now, in its time, out of that other cold Certainty, out of that needled questioning of your body.

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T. R. Hummer’s tenth book of poems, Ephemeron, was published by LSU Press in November 2011; his second book of essays, Available Surfaces, will appear in University of Michigan Press’s Poets on Poetry Series in 2012. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and teaches at Arizona State University.

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