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Refugees
elodious

He walks with me
 1
in the meadows of my mind
 2
through patterns and rhyme
 3
and meters I’d long forgot
 4
until he pointed
 5
at them lying in leaves
 6
of dappled brown.
 7
 
 
He taught me how to listen
 8
for the sound of light on water
 9
seen only in
 10
peripheral and gone if I turn
 11
my face to gaze
 12
 
 
to understand the need  
 13
for touch,
 14
how time
 15
slows down
 16
when the fog comes in
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and sound is muffled in a
 18
cool, moist cloud
 19
 
 
how loudly silence rings
 20
in trees hissing in the wind
 21
and remembering the
 22
joy of standing underneath
 23
the mossy oak
 24
 
 
Strong, like those limbs
 25
that cupped us, children,
 26
unaware that wind
 27
can crush us or caress
 28
and how to know the difference.
 29
Find shelter from the storm.
 30

5 Jan 08

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