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A trace of plausible explanation, we go
Together, take a very hot bath. Without you,
I am a bundle of sensations. Oxygen,
Overalls, this pair of rubber boots. We are
Now in the refrigerator, getting warmer
With our breath. Listen, you just could not
Go any further with the me, valiant comrade
To this stillness that passes. I don’t want to
“Grow” anymore. I just want to sit here
And bathe in our light that blinds, and sing
Songs about rivers or stars. Plump as a
Lamb, the universe, you and I, in it.
Noelle Kocot is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Bigger World, Soul in Space, and Phantom Pains of Madness, due this May from Wave Books. She is the current poet laureate of Pemberton Borough, NJ.
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