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28. Closure
[a chinese painting]



This is the heaven of your destruction.

Cranes surrounded by palm trees on either side.

The Gulf of Mexico lies between us.

Across the country, asphalt roads break into dirt.
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Once we could have curled through the skies as luongs.


Your feet are immersed to the tarsus in the Everglades; you

sought eternal life, but you seek on a vulture's peak.

The depth of the Pacific came close to drowning.

Claws of a woman-once-fox are imbedded in your chest.

A peony wilts.


This heart is a bare orchard, that once dropped peaches.



symbolic definitions taken from Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs by C.A.S. Williams.
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