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previously published in Orbis, Winter 2001




Severe brightness.

Absolute directness of the blades of the wind.

Skylight with an eagle stare.

The margins of the land are neat

as dug out of the air

and indented in the skin.

And how thin the skin, a flimsy thing,

bruised, easily burned by this wind.

Itís right into the bones, in their essential ash.

Up at dawn you measure your gaze

with the sharp lagoon,

the outlines of the mountains cleared up,

the ready North, straight, uncompromising;

a neatness that requires a prayer

in the eagleís eye frame,

crossing the heart as quartz,

knowing the sky has manifold ways

to sever your seconds.


Davide Trame


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