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We are betrayed

by Dretta Grace White We are betrayed By the beating Of our hearts We are betrayed By parted lips And whispered words We are betrayed If only we had known If only we had known That to birds Flight Is also The bitterness of fleeing

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The Sea. Only the Sea.

by Dretta Grace “The sea. The sea. The sea. Only the sea!” How like the waves To repeat themselves Sifting an abundance Leaving little for hands To carry home The grey On either side Being not quite Ready For a permanent Position The man With sand In his pockets Remembers This And other things Defining […]

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Snow-Birds Settling

by Dretta Grace White Snow-Birds settling Made all the difference She thought of their Settling And of the light they gave And became in her way As grey As they snow-bird

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A Window

by Dretta Grace White A window Coffee Oranges and Blue china cups What is so simple We forget And yet Set a wing Against the finest azure blue And that is what there is

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Beauty

by Dretta Grace White Beauty For a time Seemed Like a promise broken An outstretched hand Suddenly severed At the wrist It wasn’t true The hand Withdrew

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And home is gone

by Dretta Grace White And home is gone And the smooth White stones We walked along Harmony’s transfigured To offend and blend into Darkest blackest shade As if the light we shared Were never made Listen to: And Home Is Gone

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A white picket fence

by Dretta Grace White A white picket fence How odd Lovely for its symmetry Of pointing upwards While barring entry As if to say In perfect Christian tones Not Here   There

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And if the stars fail us

by Dretta Grace White And if the stars fail us What becomes us  then My darling ones What becomes us now A song A psalm The unfolding line A rhyme Tales of sorrow so swiftly said The heart beats once Twice Or none What becomes us My darling ones What keeps us here

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And if I depend on you

by Dretta Grace White And if I depend on you It is to love the winter It is to find snow Drifting over my knees And if I lean towards you It is to practice falling It is to feel my limbs Freeze solid And if I reach out It is to fend off the […]

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When Writing’s So Long

by Dretta Grace White I’ve misled you My skin Did not split From the heat I cut it there To keep you To keep your attention On the page So I could write I’ll miss you Even before You’d gone Blogged with the Flock Browser

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Homage to the very many

by Dretta Grace White On five fingers I. So…, and he digged a grave and laid her in it, and he raised a mound above her and he sat himself down and lamented so sore that at last he died. And so they were all dead together. * — Carry me down to the sea […]

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