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Author: Poetry of Reginald Shepherd Type: Poetry Views: 219

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At that time I didn't understand

snow, the absence inside July,

water and what holds the water

in. Heard "It takes more than a forestto make a tree" in no one's voice. By then

the word meridian was extinct, echo

without a face to place it, make it

stay. Birds' theories of heathunch humid air

flat. Sparrows, finches, wrens,

and chickadees, their bodies

move too quickly through itand exhaust their element: drop

like Coke cans and smoked-down cigarettes

beside the berm. Natter of bees

above new garbage cansand wasps' happenstance

in chewed-paper air, fringe

of summer selves festooning

Halsted Street: I fall preyto prey, a catch just the size

of my blind eye. The visual

is punctuated with interruptions,

handwritten paragraph of placesigning the bodies with sight

and mesh tank tops. Keep walking

and the lake finds you, keep walking

into teal strewn with fluorescentorange lifeguards, random Adams

in rowboats and baggy trunks. Keep

walking, let bygods be bygods, Saint

Sisyphus, Saint Tantalus, Saint Ixionof the Ferris wheel. Who could lift those fallen

concrete slabs flourished with boys'

unlikely chosen names? Cartouche

and petroglyph, etch and unetch: the lakebeards artificial rocks with blue

-green algae, names them

its own. Sunlight sticks to my skin, contagious

radio, fine sheath of heat and the beginningof exposure: an immature ring-billed gull

run over by a biker, jogger, roller

-blader, then waved aside, papier-mâché

piecework shuffled into grayretaining wall, shored-up cement reef

at Hollywood Beach with the rebars

pushing through the grain. We step around

it on our way to water which made us,makes up our minds for us: no salt

but other minerals, lake absence

makes the shape of things.

And also in Arcadia.


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