Summer 1993 • Vol. XV No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1993 |

From Rhapsody

O for the inspiration to speak without error or apology! ∗I have lived through fifth grade and fourth and third--- ∗I have gone backward and survived the trip ∗into the nether dark---∗You who are listening, have you traveled there ∗and beheld the colossal space where nothing coheres or illumines? ∗I thought ill of these sentences when I was in the pool but aboveground I do not regret the swift∗heedless execution or the irreducible memories that recur and mar this Tuesday afternoon ∗May 1991, the sun aware of its limitations, yet willing to shine ∗on plant kingdom and on Wayne's house and on the house across the street--- ∗A second interpretation ∗falls like hat-brim shadow over my mother's face ∗and these terraced ∗exclamations become steps on a porch leading to the back door ∗open because it is May and sun floods the kitchen and makes the dust falling in columns ∗a slow, sullen apotheosis, the sort ∗you pray for and never achieve--- ∗Who cares abo

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