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A Series of Actions

Like someone who has given

The gift of blood

The skin of the face is shining

Arms fold around each other

A string leads the way

Cold is the floor that receives

the feet

The movements by which one

accedes to the door

The handle inscribed in the hand

The door opening on the scene

of shoelaces      eyelashes

The left hand keeps it focused

The door opening on the living

almost unbearable

Light inside the space

The door opening as the palm

of an eye

from Steal AwayFind it in the library

Copyright © 2002 C.D. Wright
Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc.
on behalf of Copper Canyon Press.

Published in C.D. Wright Poems

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