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: Bike Ride with Hokusai Ending :

an excerpt by Lia Purpura


No stylized

moonlit bath,

no high white

backdrop

cloud parade,

no more

bouquets,

occasions for

Dearest

or breezy XXs,

arguments

for the sake of it,

form

for its own sake,

but a drive down the center

of things as they are,

right now,

fast bike through a puddle,

the word wake and the parting,

the parting, the parting,

dry spot in the center dry

just for a second -

and there,

perfect stillness

before the waves

to either side arc up,

curl, catch, oh to be

woodcut and held

by someone

inclined

to embellish those curves.



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