Jan/Feb 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 1 Poetry |

[There are things you love]

There are things you love but they are rarely if ever the right things your favorite color that mottled dapple that fleeting purpleyellowblackgreen that exists only inside skin in the wake of harm the bitterns outstretched neck a gesture you can't get over its offer of concealment that also references danger for years you've loved the goose found at pond edge found at clouded blueblack daybreak its neck curved back head tucked as if risk as if the dark the dawn were nowhere where nothing to fear but then you saw feathers like petals like fasteners fallen open fallen to curl and drift in those shallows whatever befell had nothing of violence in it rather a quiet fading a still slip down or away rocked by ripple by wind by water feathers and flesh coming undone unmended coming into water such a small such a slight armada the body given over sanctified at almost dawn coming finally almost whole almost safe almost to daybreak and to shore

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Leslie Harrison's debut collection is Displacement out from Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has poems out or forthcoming from FIELD, Antioch Review, Memorious, and elsewhere. She holds a 2011 Literature Fellowship from the NEA.

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There are things you love but they are rarely if ever the right things your favorite color that mottled dapple that fleeting purpleyellowblackgreen that exists only inside skin in the […]

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