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In Cleaning

the room where I want to rest,
I find my hands and am able 

again to see you—
clear eyed where we left one another—

last year in the passenger’s seat,
having woken after Colorado, which was beautiful

and which I did not wake you for, 
wanting all the aspens, 

all the golden, quaking aspens, and their silence
for myself.

Credit


Copyright © 2012 by Leah Naomi Green. Originally published in The Ones We Have (Flying Trout Press, 2012). Used with permission of the author.

Author


Leah Naomi Green

Leah Naomi Green’s first full-length poetry collection, The More Extravagant Feast (Graywolf Press, 2020), was selected by Li-Young Lee as the winner of the 2019 Walt Whitman Award, given by the Academy of American Poets.

Date Published: 2017-09-06

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/cleaning