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Altarpiece #16

to talk of lavender. to know the path of a body. to move toward certainty.
to know skin or remorse. to fracture. to center. to embroider.

caught in confession. caught in talk of lavender. tenderness and regret constructed of sound and
voice. caught in a field. caught staring. caught in half-life. caught in a flock of doves.

to get up again. knowing the conditional. knowing to pull myself up again.
saying please help me, I'm lost. hitting rock bottom. being brought back home.
followed by knowledge of stars.

lamb of god.
child. the sun spills through the deep sky.
the light rises.
the earth goes to sleep.

This poem appears in the 2001 Anthology
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