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Why I Will Never Take My Eyes off You

Because if no one’s looking, your atoms

might choose to go through both quantum

slits by accident, and we can’t have that.

Because if I look into your eyes,

even a billion years after the original

quantum experiment, I’ll find you again.

We’ll be entangled then, whether this universe

is the Matrix, or a hologram, our patterns

depending on one another to exist.

They say it’s consciousness that keeps us

together, space and time a cloud of illusions.

So I’ll wait as long as it takes, sweet one—

You’re mine, the moment our eyes meet.

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Copyright © 2019 Ilyse Kusnetz
Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Alice James Books.

The Mortise Lock

It sounds like dying, but deadbolt

mechanisms depend upon precise moments

and movements, cogs and wheels adjoining

in concert or alternating. Can’t you hear it now—

a steam train sounding and all that great

brass rattling down the tracks,

the tracks, the music of life rocking you

in and out of sleep and

wake, the delve and douse we do

when we dream of hearts and souls

and who has claim on ours, a key in an antique

lock, that perfect timing, that turn over and click—

from Angel BonesFind more by Ilyse Kusnetz at the library

Copyright © 2019 Ilyse Kusnetz
Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Alice James Books.

The World Is Too Beautiful for Our Eyes

To hold it for a moment

there is always a price.

Take the seashore, endless sunlight

bursting on water—

pelicans and gulls spindive,

and the tide’s quick shift of sand

is like absence under my feet,

a net cinching tight

until I stumble.

This is the world’s gift to me

because I thought

it could be held,

thought I wouldn’t be

burned by its beauty:

it says

There is no place

solid

to stand.

Even stillness—

like the concentrated beacon

of a heron

tracking small, dark fish

under the surf—

cannot save me.

from Angel BonesFind more by Ilyse Kusnetz at the library

Copyright © 2019 Ilyse Kusnetz
Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Alice James Books.

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