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"not (as though, at last"


not (as though, at last, not drunk, but glad

enough to sing a darting throatful glee,

or say, "High birds perform fine surgeries

aloft"; or soft, as light that lost its way

along the way, or words that, silent, take

their place in silence; even rich and sad

the final flurry, now with sighing met,

a little hope, a little rashness) yet



—Nicholas Laughlin


 


Nicholas Laughlin recently left his job as an editor at a communications agency in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He now spends most of his time reading.


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


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