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Where it says snow

read teeth-marks of a virgin

Where it says knife read

you passed through my bones

like a police-whistle

Where it says table read horse

Where it says horse read my migrant’s bundle

Apples are to remain apples

Each time a hat appears

think of Isaac Newton

reading the Old Testament

Remove all periods

They are scars made by words

I couldn’t bring myself to say

Put a finger over each sunrise

it will blind you otherwise

That damn ant is still stirring

Will there be time left to list

all errors to replace

all hands guns owls plates

all cigars ponds woods and reach

that beer-bottle my greatest mistake

the word I allowed to be written

when I should have shouted

her name

— Charles Simic

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