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Cloud of Witness

Day’s cage again and this time I try for a breeze,

I open a window to the east and a window to the west and I think

that this is something like the holly that lifts its blood-

fruit bright to the morning sun, to the afternoon sun,

to the evening breeze though with less fervor,

and I think the phone will ring. It always has. It is not ashamed of this,

its function, like the hollyberries in their naked plenty

which bob and weave, the bees which,

seeking their gilded herm, their bone-skep pene-

trate and stop at one single point, as light in certain media.

I crave the aftersilence. Angry buzz as night falls:

that artificial sun, a carnegie of lovers. I had rather been weeping.

It is beautiful. It is almost fearfully beautiful.

It is most fearsomely beautiful. I am still thinking, I am still waiting

for the phone to ring. The holly plays host to its spare nation.

If I believed you what would change. Tell me.

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Published in G.C. Waldrep Poems

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