Spring 1986 • Vol. VIII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 1986 |

The Beginning of the World

It's the open skin of children,private keys like roseson stones, resurrection inthe half-light of dirt.The room is half-discovered,half-forgotten. A hundred eyeswatch the web where forestshang, reduced to seed. Feargallops away, all changed,green sky along it, as if itfollowed some personal June.But you don't grow loadedlike a sleeping cat. You havesnowdrifts for company, &geological flowers. And thougha mother's hand still spillsfoam, far out, while you havethe courage, clear jawbones,crabshells, sponges, & jasminelike a mute islander givingone color only. A red birdstares like curtains for hours,then moves off in your new mind,murdered somehow, as languagereplaces dreams, & then needs wordsto tell how it's shaped & happened.

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Brian Swann has published a number of books in a number of genres. His forthcoming book, Born in the Blood: On Translating Native American Literature, is forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press (2011).

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