The following are part of a book-length poem entitled “Chain Link Fence,” Patti White’s latest publication.  

 

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Lucy stands on the road under a chalky sky
watching open fields of grain bend to the wind,
listens for a kiss of tires, a buzz or tick or rustle,
the sound of a breath passing through wire. She
listens. Hears nothing. And is so grateful.

 

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And she wakes from her bed of broken glass, tasting
summer grasses on her breath, cool ashes in her throat,
a sense of having fallen like a meteor, like Hiroshima,
like a cliff giving way beneath her. Wakes with words
threaded in a spiral on her lips, swaddled in images ah
sheets of fencing rolled and stored away, dreams falling
like diamonds from the sky, a kind of awful grace.

Patti White

Published in Chain Link Fence, Anhinga Press, 2013.

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