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Running Away Together

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It will be an island on strings
well out to sea and austere
bobbing as if at anchor
green with enormous fir trees
formal as telephone poles.

We will arrive there slowly
hand over hand without oars.
Last out, you will snip the fragile
umbilicus white as a beansprout
that sewed us into our diaries.

We will be two bleached hermits
at home in our patches and tears.
We will butter the sun with our wisdom.
Our days will be grapes on a trellis
perfectly oval and furred.

At night we will set our poems
adrift in ginger ale bottles
each with a clamshell rudder
each with a piggyback spider
waving them off by dogstar

and nothing will come from the mainland
to tell us who cares, who cares
and nothing will come of our lovelock
except as our two hearts go soft
and black as avocado pears.

Maxine Kumin, “Running Away Together” from House Bridge Fountain Gate (New York: Viking Press, 1975). Copyright © 1975 by Maxine Kumin. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
Source: House Bridge Fountain Gate (Viking Press, 1975)
Running Away Together

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