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How I Understand Eternity


Organisms evolved colors before
    there were eyes to see them.
I take a look before floating
    to the Cretaceous where colors
are now butterflies and beetles
    shaping themselves to flowers
of sassafras and magnolia. Their
    scents fill my mind while night
starts to warp round me and a
    rabbit in the doorway pauses
by a half-eaten apple. I watch
    the lamplight's clear pool
on the ancient pinewood planks
    fall through cracks and knotholes
onto the lives of mice as starlight
    filters through the window
and falls on me.


Brian Swann

In Late Light
Johns Hopkins University Press


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