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Like silent naked monks huddled

around an old tree stump, having

spun themselves in the night

out of thought and nothingness—

And God so pleased with their silence

He grants them teeth and tongues.

Like us.

How long have you been gone?

A child’s hot tears on my bare arms.

from The InfinitesimalsFind it in the library

Copyright © 2014 Laura Kasischke
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on behalf of Copper Canyon Press.

Published in Laura Kasischke Poems

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