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The Window

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Position is where you   
put it, where it is,
did you, for example, that

large tank there, silvered,   
with the white church along-
side, lift

all that, to what   
purpose? How   
heavy the slow

world is with   
everything put   
in place. Some

man walks by, a   
car beside him on   
the dropped

road, a leaf of   
yellow color is   
going to

fall. It
all drops into   
place. My

face is heavy
with the sight. I can   
feel my eye breaking.

Robert Creeley, “The Window” from Selected Poems of Robert Creeley. Copyright © 1991 by the Regents of the University of California. Reprinted with the permission of the University of California Press, www.ucpress.edu.
Source: Selected Poems (1991)

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