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Leaf Litter on Rock Face

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Things are not
unmoving (or else what   

is ing there for?)
The things once-living   

fall on the never-living   
all the more movingly for the eye

that passes over them.
The wind wells up

to spill a trail
of onces off the nevers,

take opaque from eye
to mind, or near it —

every rocking takes some leaving
to a stonish spirit.

Source: Poetry (November 2007)

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