The Yoke

Frank Bidart

 
don't worry     I know you're dead
but tonight
turn your face again
toward me
when I hear your voice there is now
no direction in which to turn
I sleep and wake and sleep and wake and sleep and wake and
but tonight
turn your face again
toward me
see     upon my shoulders is the yoke
that is not a yoke
don't worry          I know you're dead
but tonight
turn your face again
 
From Desire (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Copyright 1997 by Frank Bidart. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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