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Two of them there beside the river, as if
The river were the conversation between them.

It was as if the vocables of the river
Could beautifully articulate some meaning

That the river knew about. They knew so little
About what it was that the river knew about,

The meaning they had each of them always wanted
To impart to the other with the authority

Of knowing who it was each of them was.
The river went on saying what it was saying.

David Ferry

The Threepenny Review

Fall 2017

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