Family Stone

When they asked my daddy for id I showed them mine.
When we needed blades & generators to light the granite
Factory’s operations. I vouched my name for those rentals,
My murky illegitimacy. When the big saw sliced
Through stone, jets of water gushed from the cut and ran
All the words I’ve ever written through the sluices, heavy
Grey slurry, with twinkles every now and then. Like a slate
Lake catching the night sky. …

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Buscan acomodar sus huesos
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There is strength in numbers, as shown
by the return of cyclamens, nodding

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I try not to smash them, there are only

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In the middle
of something. I exist:
barely and bulb-like.

An idea that is nothing
but mass. Before it’s been
given any thought,
but after its
conception …

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IN THE BEGINNING

Was it only the mild indecision
to postpone lunch and turn,
planning to catch our breath
just as Lake Michigan’s gilding
dulled to the shading of a moment—
unremarkable, transient, …