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Crooked Light

I love you, December,

your dusks iodine

as tea that scolds the water.

Your sickle glimpses,

grouted hemlock, hollies,

satin-black at evening,

wincing in mid-day’s

cracked, cutlery glare.

I drink your ending,

ice of childhood, pond

thick as my waist but condensed

as seed, secret in a waiting place.

Skating, skating against sadness,

I suckle you, Paradise.

Yearn for me. Bent & bird-ricked,

be a fiction I believe.

from OrexiaFind it in the library

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Published in Lisa Russ Spaar Poems

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