Today's poem is by Gerald Stern

Death by Wind

As for those who face their death by wind
and call it by the weird name of forgiveness
they alone have the right to marry birds,
and those who stopped themselves from falling down
by holding the wall up or the sink in place
they can go without much shame for they
have lived enough and they can go click, click
if they want to, they can go tok, tok
and they can marry anything, even hummingbirds.

Copyright © 2008 Gerald Stern All rights reserved
from Five Points
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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