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Visions of Never Being Heard from Again

I stopped by to see you but you were not home

marshland

the pure vision

my ancient lives all risen up and rising



shudder in my bed to come up against

a living religion; they get offended so easily;

blow up your hundred-foot Buddha

no problem. Entire mountainside.



Presumably it's an improvement

on whatever came before

on what was here before

ancestral crypt your daddy built; a grassy hill; a patchwork quilt;
     inadequately warming.

Credit


Copyright © 2010 by Rebecca Wolff. Used with permission of the author.

Author


Rebecca Wolff

The founder of the literary journal Fence, Rebecca Wolff's collection Manderley was selected for the 2000 National Poetry Series.

Date Published: 2010-11-16

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/visions-never-being-heard-again