May/June 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 3 Nature's Nature: A Gathering of Poetry |

Dream of Hands

Skies over fields, hatch-marks of rain. Rich smoke lifting from Plain hay-like things. When night fell again the eerie flute-call Of the elk felt like an arc of coins across a sky so emptied of light Your own arms seemed remote. From such depths and such heights We cross through our lives, belonging to patterns that surge And recede. Falling bricks in our dreams, the piano-practice of hands— The light coming through curtains, the light going out. Leaves Making black shadow-shapes on the grass until one hour of wind Clears them away. The loss of people in a single minute On earth. We have no human voice that can stay long enough To see anything but rising, subsiding. Today you were spared. On a train platform, a woman bends down to her child. In a glass building, An elevator shoots, imperceptibly, into the high void of steel.

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Joanna Klink is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Nightfields. She teaches at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

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