Accidental Breezes

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What sudden rhetoric trembles at the door? I see clouds reflected in the gutter, but they’re still clouds. Having never shot a deer, I ride the hill like homeward ire. Out-paced, unpetaled, a boomerang of star fury: all my busted rigor. Whatever it is arranges itself for capture, the wormwood box, ghost of a chance. No one’s alone anymore. A name slides home, two words dashed to silly alchemy, a sun uncorked of glory. What little monster have I made, to favor love of all that’s said?

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Elizabeth Willis

“Accidental Breezes”, from the book Meteoric Flowers, 2006

found on pg. 105 in the book Alive, new and selected poems, published by NYRB, 2015

 

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