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Pause between Clock Ticks

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Like a caught breath
the pendulum stays,
a dewdrop hinges
to a leaf’s edge,
an ant spies a crumb,
a ray of sun meets
its reflection, a bird’s
wing arches to beat
a glance begun, pulse
on tiptoe, a wave crest
hovers, a sigh breaks,
all held at zero motion
while ‘‘yes’’ trembles on lips,
‘‘no’’ waits to be said.

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Like a caught breath
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Yankee Magazine (Nov. 1979) 297.
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a bird’s / wing arches to beat / a glance begun