Wendy Taylor Carlisle The 2River View, 9.3 (Spring 2005)
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Because of rain, your fingers becoming arthritic
Because of the freeway promising relief
Because of wiry hair
Because of the undone coming along behind
Because of chanting
Is it possible to choose?
Because the pain of outliving is a coal in the belly
Because we are held by the small cut
and the body is raked by sweat
Because otherwise swollen lips
work the hymn
Because it wipes off the idea of winter
Because the air is filled with letters

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