The Rag Tree

 

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the boy was a hero once;

he fell from the sky like his father

down the long pale streets of summer,

looking for his words

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written over, those purposes

by pleasure, by anger;

he forgets his appointment

forgets the time, the place

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remembers only the lady

seen once in turmoil,

lost herself in forgetting–

in the unmaking of time.

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the streets are glistening,

rain pouring

leaves rolling in

long waves–

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they remember

release: 

let me ripple

in the waking, your kiss.

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© 2013, The Rag Tree

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Photo:  Tree in Summer (1852); Hasegawa Tōhaku; WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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