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May 19, 2003
from Keith Althaus'
Ladder of Hours
One day no one
reading this date
will have lived then:
this morning when
the cherry is in bloom,
and the dog lounges
by the door not anxious
to come in, and bees
bounce limb to limb,
and an oriole visits
from the long cloudless blue
that stands behind, above it all.
Explanation is unnecessary,
just someone to describe
its routine beauty,
the ordinary day, nothing special,
one of many, exceptional only
as the breath you catch again
having lost it.
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