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Apr 042019
 

All day working happily down near the streambed
     the light passing into the remote opalescence
it returns to as the year wakes toward winter
     a season of rain in a year already rich
in rain with masked light emerging on all sides
     in the new leaves of the palms quietly waving
time of mud and slipping and of overhearing
     the water under the sloped ground going on whispering
as it travels time of rain thundering at night
     and of rocks rolling and echoing in the torrent
and of looking up after noon through the high branches
     to see fine rain drifting across the sunlight
over the valley that was abused and at last left
     to fill with thickets of rampant aliens
bringing habits but no stories under the mango trees
     already vast as clouds there I keep discovering
beneath the tangle the ancient shaping of water
     to which the light of an hour comes back as to a secret
and there I planted young palms in places I had not pondered
     until then I imagined their roots setting out in the dark
knowing without knowledge I kept trying to see them standing
     in that bend of the valley in the light that would come

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