Today's poem is by Beth Bachmann
Mystery Beneath a Handprint of Light
In another rendering, the repetition might add up
to something other than evidence.
A dog could signal devotion.
One sister: the object of desire.
With any luck, we would walk away
with a target, a seizure or a silver buckle.
When we look up here, we do not see Orion;
we see a silhouette shot full of holes.
Copyright © 2009 Beth Bachmann All rights reserved
University of Pittsburgh Press
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