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I gave birth to the king’s daughter

To the golden egg

To the promise of rain

To the alphabet’s silence

Behind that rain-slicked window

Something fogged the glass

That was me

Pleased to meet you


Rain and the flash of sun

A sudden blindness

Stitched into the retina

Whose shadow did I see

Running over the bleached grass

The blush of sunrise sinking


Balm for what woe

Was woe betide

Your one body

And the sun behind

The light’s to-do

The rain’s undone

Was the refrain


Did you damp

Down the sun

from Poetry Northwest 08.2 Fall & Winter 2013-2014More by Jessica Fisher from the library

Copyright © Jessica Fisher
Used with the permission of the author
on behalf of Poetry Northwest.

Published in Jessica Fisher Poems

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