Passage I

Maureen N. McLane

little moth
I do not think you'll escape
this night
I do not think
you'll escape this night
little moth
bees in clover
summer half over
friends without lovers
I bite a carrot
horsefly bites me
I thought it was you
moving through the trees
but it was the trees
I thought it was your finger
grazing my knee
it was the breeze
I thought prayers were rising
to a god alive in my mind
they rose on the wind
I thought I had all the time
and world enough to discover what I should
when it was over
I thought I would always be young
though I knew the years passed
and knowing turned my hair gray
I thought it was a welcome
what I took for a sign—
the sun...the unsymboling sun...
watch the clouds
on any given day
even they don't keep their shape
for more than a minute
sociable shifters
bringing weather from elsewhere
until it's our weather
and we say now it's raining here
Vermont shore lit
by a fugitive sun
who doesn't believe
in a day's redemption
sunset renovation
at the expected hour
but the actual palette
still a surprise
gulls alit on the lake
little white splendors
looking to shit on the dock
little cat
kneading my chest
milkless breasts
take your pleasure
where you can
not that I was alive
but that we were
From World Enough by Maureen N. McLane. Copyright © 2009 by Maureen N. McLane. Used by permission of Farrar Straus and Giroux.

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