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August 27, 2009


As Mallarme stood at the edge of the abyss knowing that the rope bridge linking the two cliffs, that of body and that of spirit, or man and woman, friend and foe, would never eliminate the infinity of chance --

So the lovers stare blankly into the morning one leaves the other stays, and both are unwilling to wash for fear of losing the smell of the other who was near for minutes of hours for nights of moon for nuits saint georges but gone at break of day like a ghost departing --

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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