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What I Saw

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The white peacock roosting   
might have been Christ,

         featherd robe of Osiris,


the radiant bird, a sword-flash,

         percht in the tree


and the other,    the fumed-glass slide

       —were like night and day,


the slit of an eye opening in

         time

vertical to the horizon

Robert Duncan, “What I Saw” from Bending the Bow. Copyright © by Robert Duncan. Reprinted with the permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.
Source: Bending the Bow (1968)
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