Summer 1981 • Vol. III No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1981 |

The Other Takes the Morning Off

Can it be that in spite of everything this morning People are out walking around like Walking people, people who walk Past each other and people who smile to themselvesLike smiling people, or smiles that walk around? What a simple day for a smile To walk around, in spite of everything, for the sidewalk to be There where it is, for the cars to be parked Just where we parked them, and the grocer to stand On the spot that he does stand, in his perfect apron, pushing That exact broom, the first broom Of morning, his impossible broom that says I'm awake! and he is awake, and so am I. Can it be that the trees this morning are As tall as trees are, with just That many blossoms, and branches that reach As far as they do reach, and no further? Is it conceivable that the paper this morning was this morning's paper? Somehow the news that I read there was just The news that was, in those words, and no other. I see a woman waving. She is the woman who waves. I see a small crowd gather. That is t

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