Sunday, October 17, 2010

Searching for Goodbye

This saying good-bye on the edge of the dark

reminds me of all

that can happen to harm.

I'm going home:

in the blood in the bone over coffee ... a promise

grows richer;

the fog,. shifting, salty, thin,. comes closing in. ...

something survived

without shame,

lingered for hours.

Last night I awoke,


That I should say goodbye now

To these verses. That's how it always goes

After a few years. They have to get out.

I think of the path

Veering and halting;

of the shapes hands make ...

Source text for Cento from The Poetry Foundation:
Good-bye, and Keep Cold by Robert Frost
Good-Bye by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Movement Song by Audre Lorde
The Moose by Elizabeth Bishop : Poem Guide
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin : Poem Guide
The Fall of 1992 by Randall Mann
Eight Variations by Weldon Kees
Free Verses by Sarah Kirsch
Five Accounts of a Monogamous Man by William Meredith

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