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From “A Confederacy of Joy” – available as a #free download from #Amazon today and tomorrow only.

Those Things I Know (excerpt)

To know something well
is to be consumed.

We were born this way,
unable to grab perfection. That’s why

our arms split off into five splined tributaries
of calcified human rock

only ever able to bend in one direction –
inward to the palm’s center

like cushioned hooks
forever pining for the beam,

the ledge or our mother’s neck.

Our greatest gift is the thumb
which comes in lone

with the power of ten
to seal a task or too often choke.

I can’t help but know things
well. I am all and water too

so I easily glide on currents
and get whipped something tidal.

I hold on for the ride
slung in all your purity

to the far reaches of the universe
and back again.

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