Summer 1995 • Vol. XVII No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1995 |

Where Do Your People Come from?

Great-grandfather originated inside the seamless shell of a hickory nut, being enabled, thereby, to see in blindness the future brightness of combusting seeds and the sun's dark meat captured in walls like night. Three aunts came up through the roots of raspberries, rhododendrons, and oaks and so perceive pattern in the water-seeking lines of the moon, in the urging branches of the incantatory voice. They understand the sweet fruits and blossoms thriving unwitnessed in the plane above the stars. And all of my best sisters were spun outward from the pinion and swirling- lariat swim of seals under ice. They walk on earth, therefore, with bodies as smooth and radiant as daylight through snow. Each opens to her lover with the same giving grace hidden in the soft fur-warmth of a seal inclining toward surges, turning passion round, round in currents slowly, then heading fast for heaven. From the line between rock and sky come my brothers who hold measure and lock in one hand,

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