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Poetry Rosanna Warren

The chestnut tree holds its votive candles aloft.
Blackbirds trill an invitation to evening, evening accepts.
The red fox skirts the terrace, and trots down to roll in the flower beds

which are mudded and empty. Small sailboats sidle
in their berths in the lakeside marina,
set free from ice: the water rustles in gray, silken moiré.

Spring is a breach birth,
umbilical cord at its neck, but twilight reaches
with capable hands to disengage it. Where you once stood

shouting, cursing, waving your arms,
a pool of silence gathers and the house exhales.
A house that no longer exists, a house in the mind.

And at this distance, do we know
which one of us cursed, who shouted?
Who waved indelible arms?
No. 04

No. 04


Rosanna Warren is the author, most recently, of Departure (W. W. Norton & Company). ​


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