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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

one of my first loves

Geometry

I prove a theorem and the house expands:
the windows jerk free to hover near the ceiling
the ceiling floats away with a sigh.

As the walls clear themselves of everything
but transparency, the scent of carnations
leaves with them. I am out in the open

and above the windows have hinged into butterflies,
sunlight glinting where they've intersected.
They are going to some point true and unproven.

Rita Dove

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