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And what were they singing? We are far away. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Did you try to free them? We are not here. And far away. Page 5 At the Beach If it were possible for us to build fish by swimming, no one would stay. We would all swim away. And if we could build feathers, we would long ago have taken to the air. We think of the one man who learned to climb a wall of air, pulling hand over hand up the structure we could not see except for his climbing. When he jumped he did not build a bird.
I love you even as the day goes black too soon, it seems, to be anything that lives or even glistened. Turns away as though we were not here As though we were not really here. As though we were only something like green apples painted against the night, heavy in a cloud of their own sweat beneath the full moon, just before first snow. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Your perfume, the taste of your body. Page 26 True Story As he walked, each house he passed grew smaller. At first this surprised him; later it seemed almost natural.
Page 4 Song at Twilight Where have you been? And what have you been doing there? Noises underground. <><><><><><><><><><><><> In trees draped with cobwebs I saw caught birds singing. And what were they singing? We are far away. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Did you try to free them? We are not here. And far away. Page 5 At the Beach If it were possible for us to build fish by swimming, no one would stay. We would all swim away. And if we could build feathers, we would long ago have taken to the air.