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,

knew

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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