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Riptide

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                          There’s a shadow over the city
             the light, as usual, framing and erasing
 
Just say you
dream fires each
night smoothing each
collapsing page from
 
the throat talking
in a series
of measures in
the high desert
 
the perfect life
in a series
of measured gestures
an invitation to
 
see the world
from a bridge
that burns in
the next night

Norma Cole, "Riptide" from Where Shadows Will, City Lights Spotlight No. 1. Copyright © 2009 by Norma Cole.  Reprinted by permission of City Lights Books.
Source: Where Shadows Will (City Lights Books, 2009)
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