An Appearance in Clear Weather

by Beverly Dahlen

I don't understand this light these
burns which finding them go all the way
back to what
not single event
though I can't be sure
I can't remember
what I ran into during the night
what would explain these scars
thick in this morning's wind
this fire must have happened a long time
before I was born
or     what was it
a fire?
what could have done this to me

I can't account for the way it seems to keep
growing in the light

From Out of the Third, Momo's Press, San Francisco, 1974: 2
Published by Stephen Vincent

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