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The First Sadness

ISSUE:  Spring 1980
Like a bare bulb swinging
from the ceiling
or a leaf gliding through the equinox,
I am not the first.

Mozart’s clarinet pulls one thread
from the throat: melancholy
greeting the first season.

Away from home, I circle streets.
Each turn flips a switch
as if rooms of myself are being lit.
I drive until exhaustion builds

a house where I can live,
where the sun, each day,
shows its dumb face
like a sheriff carrying out the law.

The delight is repetition:
Wolfgang is here
rummaging through the wreck;

and the soft hair you stroke
tangles in more primitive hands.


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