I compare my hands to what I imagine thought might look like
when suspended in fossilized amber,
release the captured mosquito from my closed hands,
string dimming gas lamps between rain and fall,
and insert into the knife’s pale origin—
a twig warming the clutching hand.
Copyright © 2009 Sherwin Bitsui
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