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The Moment

Oh, the coming-out-of-nowhere moment

when,   nothing 


no what-have-I-to-do-today-list 

maybe   half a moment  

the rush of traffic stops.  

The whir of I should be, I should be, I should be 

slows to silence,

the white cotton curtains hanging still.


Copyright © 2011 by Marie Howe. Used with permission of the author.


Marie Howe

Marie Howe was born in 1950 in Rochester, New York. She worked as a newspaper reporter and teacher before receiving her MFA from Columbia University in 1983. She currently serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Date Published: 2011-03-21

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