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In fact this hyacinth squatted on all the space
in the garden, left a tattoo of purple bleeding
into the air, where a palm-shaped cloud slapped
a print across the sky: No Vacancy. You check in
anyway, delicate and clean. You borrow the light
from the streetlamp to read about a crime.
The end comes like a curtain on fire, intense
heat disappearing into the conversation you had
years ago with your mother’s college roommate.
You argued about beauty, whether it is altered
by light and luck more than cosmetics or grief
and about whose kids were more successful.
When the fire flashed up, all appetite, afterglow,
there was no more to say, no epiphany
about that night, no sweet apology to the dark
forces, no do-over or rat’s nest or canine teeth
filed down to mimic politeness. The shift
was complete, the phoenix flew into the clouds
and mingled with a hippo and a chair.
You sit to think and nothing comes close
to the way your mind went around and through
Shakespeare and Donne, parsing the flatnesses
speckled with words that turned fugitive, turned
rust, and the clouds keep shifting. They alter
themselves. They look—briefly—so solid.
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