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April 21, 2023


Remarkable work Mr. Sisskind, straight from the heart.
A sonnet gift in return, with thanks.

The Eye of the Storm

Serenity on every side bounded,
By wave and wind and struggle surrounded,
Calm water rides in the eye of the storm,
On its journey neither battered nor torn,

A lonely bird flying through howling gales,
Rests its weary heart and body so frail,
Hidden sanctuary, shuddering waves,
Lost bird sleeps in God’s hands, spirit so brave,

With time, the storm’s towering waves dissolve,
No longer its fierce piercing winds revolve,
Now little bird to the sun you must fly,
Wet wings, light feathers, and tears you must dry.

Leave your refuge in the storm’s circling eye,
Take your place with the angels of the sky

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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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