Academic journal article TriQuarterly


Academic journal article TriQuarterly


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Remember the sage and wild thyme nagging their sandals, the stones and sand underfoot the carriers who held your body vertically and placed it under rock to hold back the natural world.

Remember those who held you and hold you still, walk with you in their hearts. Piero brings you back triumphant, stick in hand above the sleeping soldiers who guard you

if only in dream. The Artist imparts hues of the good earth, earth of the Renaissance to locate the moment of your reappearance. The Poet takes you off the rock and down

into the valley with the heat of primary color, raiment of wildflowers. And the valley bears wildflowers that no longer draw blood from your ankles. The poet

Machado wrote of your second journey, There is no road walker, you make the road by walking. By walking you make the road, and when you look backward you see the path

that you never will step on again. …

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