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Quickened


Body be dream
becoming

Coil of salt
and consolation
body be strong

knuckled and new-
born, feint
of fists and thrusts

Body be breath
rattle and rasp
twined into song

Body be sound
leaned and swayed

Body be brave
first steps, first
falterings, heels
over head

Body be bright
sum of old
substance, upside
and down

Delivered
from words,
stayed

Body be praise


Jacquelyn Pope

The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review

Winter 2012


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