Considering the face of Mars by Carolyn Srygley-Moore

driving into a range of variant spectral where light breaks
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like ice & vice versa so when the tyrant reigns
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it is only lie: near the Chinese Restaurant, Peking something, the hill cut
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child-life into impasse, i considered days of Tennessee clay red red
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yarn mote the corner of his eye.
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what is assault, when borne against love?
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what is love, but a diluted obsession? now i am no child, as they say,
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have put away childish things, yet
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how we destroy each other, sometimes, as rain erodes
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great structures amidst the dunes — are they dunes, seen, we see,
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the face of Mars?
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eroded by what, but that wish for faraway?
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you clear the brush & ivy & thick sapling trunks
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from the backyard
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where the day-star wind chimes stir, stirring
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the rising heat of that Marley song,
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settling into the Vee // i will clear the poison sumac
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i say
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i have no weakness for poison
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the stealth the wealth of me.
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