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Is this happiness or oyster-life?
This flexing of muscular torso-foot
joy’s wonder? This sifting of silt   
from food in the shifting chill-dark?
If, in my mind, there is a life of flight
in the light beyond the over-swirl,
must I unfix my lips from this rock
to be right? Or is my apex to worry
quartz against my shell?

Source: Poetry (July/August 2008)

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