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Seconds


The point is to see through
the dying,

who pinch non-existent
objects from the air

sequentially,

to this season's
laying on of
withered leaves?

   2

A moment is everything

one person

(see below)

takes in simultaneously

though some

or much of what

a creature feels

may not reach

conscious awareness

and only a small part

(or none) of this

will be carried forward

to the next instant.

   3

Any one
not seconded

burns up in rage.



—Rae Armantrout

 


Rae Armantrout 's most recent books of poetry are The Pretext and Veil: New and Selected Poems.
She teaches writing at University of California, San Diego.

Originally published in the April/May 2002 issue of Boston Review



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