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
from Temper
University of Pittsburgh Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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