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An Unexpected Meeting

An Unexpected Meeting

“We treat each other with exceeding courtesy;
we say, it’s great to see you after all these years.

Our tigers drink milk.
Our hawks tread the ground.
Our sharks have all drowned.
Our wolves yawn beyond the open cage.

Our snakes have shed their lightning,
our apes their flights of fancy,
our peacocks have renounced their plumes.
The bats flew out of our hair long ago.

We fall silent in mid-sentence,
all smiles, past help.
Our humans
don’t know how to talk to one another.”

— Wisława Szymborska, View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems

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Tea and Trepidation

Tea and Trepidation

Wizards and Warlocks; Sorcerers, Mages!
Adepts and Savants; wizened old Sages!
Over the hills they scurry in droves!
Over the dales they travel in rows!

A gorlöck, a fusswotz, two trogs and a rímple!
A muko, three pandrats, and twenty-eight gimples!
From what do they hurry? For what do they pine?
My heart harbors hopes that they be not malign!

In stillness I whimper, in fleetness they rove—
—my kettle, it boils! from its place on the stove!
In a bolt to brew Yorkshire[1] my door remains open
And the fae[2] (in their cunning) come suddenly lopin’

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mizu

mizu

how to
remember
who
you
are?

remain
where
you
are.

breathe.

give all
your belongings
to the beast
in your blood.
sing
your shame
to the reptile
in your brain.
slip
into the gravity
of being found
in low places
by low places.

water
can teach us
this—
only in change
does life
find courage.

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