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When You Think About It

2009 May 1
by J. Scott Mosel

The language the day summonsdscn2018
steps inside us

and unfastens the curtains of memory
where everything lies down

in the grass and finds the sky
refracted and human:

pictures we see
more than clouds,

lives we inhabit
more than atmosphere

where reflected sunlight
from a nearby star

holds us down,
the weight of lingering grief

alive
in the jet stream,

words on the lips
of the dying

like unsheltered open wells

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