Winter 2000 • Vol. XXII No. 1 Poetry |

The Moon from Any Window

The moon from any window is one partwhoever's looking. The part I can't seeis everything my sister keeps to herself.One part my dead brother's sleepless brow,the other part the time I waste, the timeI don't have. But which part is borrowedsinging, and which my unfinished crust of bread?And don't forget the curtains.Don't forget the wind in the trees,or my mother's voice saying thingsthat will take my whole life to come true.One part someone's earnest child grown tallin his mother's doorway, and one a last lookover the shoulder before leaving.And never forget it answers to no address,but calls wave after waveto a path of thirst. And never forget the unborn grainto which the thunder told its name.And what about the candle climbing downwithout glancing back? What about the heartcounting alone, out loud, in that gamein which the many hide from the one?Never forget the crycompletely hollowed of the dying onewho cried it. Only in such pure outpouring,cried out in the dying one's own lifet

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