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All Times and All Tenses in this Moment

Mary Szybist

Copyright © 2010 by Mary Szybist. Used with permission of the author.

Mary Szybist

by this poet

Flashing in the grass; the mouth of a spider clung
     to the dark of it: the legs of the spider
held the tucked wings close,
     held the abdomen still in the midst of calling
with thrusts of phosphorescent light--

When I am tired of being human, I try to remember
     the two stuck together like burrs. I