song

 

My heart, my dove, my snail, my sail, my
milktooth, shadow, sparrow, fingernail,
flower-cat and blossom-hedge, mandrake

root now put to bed, moonshell, sea-swell,
manatee, emerald shining back at me,
nutmeg, quince, tea leaf and bone, zither,

cymbal, xylophone : paper, scissors, then
there’s stone—Who doesn’t come through the door
to get home ?

 

( Cynthia Zarin )

 

 

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