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For my little ballads,
those strange, sunset-red laments,
spring paid me a gull’s egg.

I bade my lover paint my portrait
                                            on its thick shell.
He painted a new bulb in brown soil—
on the other side, a powdery mound of sand.


Source: Poetry (June 2011)

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