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Laurie Sheck
Laurie Sheck
Laurie Sheck was born in the Bronx, New York. She is the...
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And water lies plainly

 
by Laurie Sheck

Then I came to an edge of very calm
But couldnít stay there. It was the washed greenblue mapmakers use to indicate
Inlets and coves, softbroken contours where the land leaves off
And water lies plainly, as if lamped by its own justice. I hardly know how to say how it was
Though it spoke to me most kindly,
Unlike a hard afterwards or the motions of forestalling.

Now in evening light the far-off ridge carries marks of burning.
The hills turn thundercolored, and my thoughts move toward them, rough skins
Without their bodies. What is the part of us that feels it isnít named, that doesnít know
How to respond to any name? That scarcely or not at all can lift its head
Into the blue and so unfold there?






Excerpted from Capitivity by Laurie Sheck. Copyright © by Laurie Sheck. Used by permission of Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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