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Solitude

Stephen Sandy
Cretan farmers still press their olives. Swallow
retsina, tend their flocks. Our scholars know
—oracular computers tell them so—

it’s just as the Minoans did. Do we
know them then, the Minoans? Is their debris
ours too? Rather consider to what degree

warehouse palaces are dazzlements,
and through the dark mullions of romance
see for once that we see nothing, nothing. 

Reprinted by permission of Louisiana State University Press from Weathers Permitting: Poems by Stephen Sandy. Copyright © 2005 by Stephen Sandy.

Reprinted by permission of Louisiana State University Press from Weathers Permitting: Poems by Stephen Sandy. Copyright © 2005 by Stephen Sandy.

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Hard to believe the racket geese make, squabbling, 
holding a confab in the dark--pitch dark to him 
padding back to check the lights; yes, the windows 
are dark.
      But that honking down on the pond, like angry 
taxis, stops him: late geese on their way--he thinks-- 
homeward. But geese are home, wherever