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The Pieces That Fall to Earth

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One could   
almost wish   
they wouldn't;   
they are so   
far apart,   
so random.   
One cannot   
wait, cannot   
abandon waiting.   
The three or   
four occasions   
of their landing   
never fade.   
Should there   
be more, there   
will never be   
enough to make   
a pattern   
that can equal   
the commanding   
way they matter.

Kay Ryan, "The Pieces That Fall to Earth" from Say Uncle.  Copyright © 2000 by Kay Ryan.  Reprinted with the permission of Grove/Atlantic, Inc.  All rights reserved. Caution: Users are warned that this work is protected under copyright laws and downloading is strictly prohibited. The right to reproduce or transfer the work via any medium must be secured with Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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