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Graber, John / Only on this planet
(2007)

Watching through three windows before leaving,   pp. 26-27


Page 26

 
Watching through Three Windows before Leaving 
"'May God us keep from Single Vision and Newton's Sleep" 
-William Blake 
Again, this morning, through this window, 
everything is perfectly there: 
there in the glare of silver 
sun behind a frost of cloud 
and there, drooping from each branch, 
the systematic walnut leaves- 
shadowing leaves shivering 
beside the darker, steady, deeper green 
shadowing leaves splayed 
from akimbo limbs 
of the erratic white ash. 
And clearly, closer in, through this window, 
these turned white pillars of our porch 
and their bric-a-brac of trim 
are figures of bride and groom and wedding- 
ours-before our entry into marriage to this 
high brick house: hundred-year-old monument 
to nothing dead or dying, but too soon left monument 
to the continuing play of musical chairs with families 
and houses all over the world of Time, unblinking, 
and even so, this morning, 
through the big windows we are watching... 
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