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I would like to swim in the Atlantic,
to swim with someone who understood
why my fear of drowning plays less dire
than my fear of bones, walking the ocean floor.
I would like to sync my stroke with a beloved.
I’d like to stand on deck on a boat
and jump in the sea and say, follow me,
and know you would. The sea is cold
and it’s deep, too, I’d joke,
standing at the edge of the boat’s bow.
A wind breathes across the sea,
joining gently the edges of time.
With a dog paddling behind me,
I want to crawl across the water
without thinking about a future.
I have set my eyes upon the shore
and I hold you there—steady, in focus—
but let you go when, from below,
a voice breaks to the surface.
|July 23, 2010||The Rising of the Ashes [Before]||Tahar Ben Jelloun|
|July 22, 2010||Prayer for the Man Who Mugged My Father, 72||Charles Harper Webb|
|July 21, 2010||Rest.||Richard Jones|
|July 20, 2010||After Baby After Baby||Rachel Zucker|
|July 19, 2010||the gate||Tadeusz Różewicz|
|July 18, 2010||Song of Myself, XI||Walt Whitman|
|July 16, 2010||MacDowell||Rachel Wetzsteon|
|July 15, 2010||The Witch Has Told You a Story||Ava Leavell Haymon|
|July 14, 2010||The Wind Blows Through the Doors of My Heart||Deborah Digges|
|July 13, 2010||Mean Free Path [excerpt]||Ben Lerner|