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June 13, 2012


Subtle Rhyme II

an oyster bears a pearl,
smooth and bright.

under the frozen stars
is crushed to gravel; the shell I mean,
tossed into the night
like a solitary moon,

glistens the silent bay,
ends a subtle rhyme.

Silent Pines

A neon moon
centers the purple sky;
my father hobbles to his cabin.

Near our homes
are lined the silent pines.

He is day and I am night
cutting the roots of time.

"The stars are bright,"
he calls to me,
"It's time to drop your tree."

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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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