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Rachel Wetzsteon
Rachel Wetzsteon

Born in 1967 in New York City, Rachel Wetzsteon's book The Other Stars was selected for the 1993 National Poetry Series
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FURTHER READING
Poems by Rachel Wetzsteon
At the Zen Mountain Monastery
MacDowell
Essays by Rachel Wetzsteon
Some Reflections on Eliotís "Reflections on Vers Libre": on Verse and Free Verse
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Sakura Park

 
by Rachel Wetzsteon

The park admits the wind,
the petals lift and scatter

like versions of myself I was on the verge
of becoming; and ten years on

and ten blocks down I still can’t tell
whether this dispersal resembles

a fist unclenching or waving goodbye.
But the petals scatter faster,

seeking the rose, the cigarette vendor,
and at least I’ve got by pumping heart

some rules of conduct: refuse to choose
between turning pages and turning heads

though the stubborn dine alone. Get over
“getting over”: dark clouds don’t fade

but drift with ever deeper colors.
Give up on rooted happiness

(the stolid trees on fire!) and sweet reprieve
(a poor park but my own) will follow.

There is still a chance the empty gazebo
will draw crowds from the greater world.

And meanwhile, meanwhile’s far from nothing:
the humming moment, the rustle of cherry trees.







from Sakura Park by Rachel Wetzsteon. Copyright © 2006. Reprinted by permission of Persea Books, Inc. New York.
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