Summer 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1991 |

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They still astound me, these places to go. The relentless hammer of the heart becomes a song Of unsafety. I'm afraid of the next station, Of afterlife. Of landing, unsure of the whiteOr what hands will greet me. The borders Shift and reasons for travel Waver through airport fog at dawn. I don't want to know How much luck I've had, how much Was on my side. One man keeps telling me the wayTo live is to love the fear. Bells and sirens Will ring, a stewardess climbs Into the frozen lake of her own face, And we will wonder where God has been. I have kept him in the next room over So I wouldn't lose him, so there would still beOne last bag of food, one button to be pushed, One last matter to go over. I've become quick With numbers, with recalling the outlines Of landscapes we rush by. And I carry All the deep embarrassments: it must be impossible Not to see us from up there As constant strange sounds, the whining.I force myself to watch disturbances As they move ou

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