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in collection A Map of the Territory, 2003, Carcanet/OxfordPoets

ISBN-10: 1 90303 969 X, ISBN-13: 978 1 903 03969 4


The Law of Diminishing Departures


I make tea from the water that you boiled

Before you left; use your special cup.

I choose this book because you read it last.

The fire Iíve kept in for days: these flames

Are still the ones you saw. The milk jug? Stet,

Because you left it there. I fool myself

With charms, connections, that should make you real

But punch your absence into every act.


I keep things too long; candles I wonít burn,

Logs, ditto, saved for feasts or rainy days;

The chances are tomorrow could be worse.

And now it is. Iíve kept you long enough.

I study to enjoy the chilly space

That closes round my hand instead of yours,

And walk on grass to watch the rising moon

Because you might be watching too. Because.



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