Today's poem is by Wendy Xu

Here in This New Place Is Your Memory
        For P. Smith

Here in this new place it is reasonable to own
a dog or to tell somebody you've been needing
them less. A tree is always on a journey
toward becoming a better tree, limbs waving like eager sails
on an anchored ship. It is sad when you understand that nothing
else can come along. It is worse when you care
a little less. What you love requires a prioritized list, thus
that nothing is equal but to itself. And you are equal to a dangerous
ivory moon. Here there is sacrifice on the doorstep
of beauty. Here there is an altar made of sand. It dismantles
no less than itself to please the sea.

Copyright © 2013 Wendy Xu All rights reserved
from You Are Not Dead
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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