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The morning flowered in
petals of cool air, serene sky,
bees thick in the honeysuckle,
the sun’s dance on the table,
on such a morning
my thoughts bathed in light,
coffee and toast dispatched
to their duty, hands
warm in their skin,
the sense of being alive
comfortable as a loose jacket,
who would have guessed
before I could close the windows
or lock the doors,
an immense sorrow would
curl round and round in me
like a bear in a barrel
and trample the petals
from the morning.

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The morning flowered in
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A Single Focus. Iowa City: Prairie Press. 1967. 65.
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