Summer 1984 • Vol. VI No. 3 Poetry |

Mustering Light: A Sequence

I SURVIVING A three-year-long, ravenous siege by deathOf friends, of parents, cousins, uncles, auntsLeft me so skinny, holding in my breath,My tailor gave up taking in my pants.I've spent so long here, huddled in this room,Setting up trust funds, making out my will,You'd think I was addicted to this gloom.And yet this Spring is irresistibleOutside my window. Every flower, birdInching a blue space in Manhattan's grimeIs telling me to lose myself in time.Even the dusty sunlight on my wallIs forming one clear technicolor word:Live — my dear survivor, for us all. TO MY YOUNGER SELF So there you are: twenty, hands on your hips,Squinting at the sun. Dressed in a white shirtAnd purple cashmere sweater, you sniff the Spring airFor death, merely to write a poem about it.Linda takes your hand. You stroll into the woodsA mythological creature, half manHalf woman, dappled under the leavesLike the checkered tablecloth you spread.Nothing to trouble you but the bees. You readKea

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