Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Under A Certain Little Star

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Under A Certain Little Star

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My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.

My apologies to necessity in case I'm mistaken.

May happiness not be angry if I take it for my own.

May the dead forgive me that their memory's but a flicker.

My apologies to time for the multiplicity of the world overlooked each second.

My apologies to an old love for treating the new one as the first.

Forgive me far-off wars for taking my flowers home.

Forgive me open wounds for pricking my finger.

My apologies for the minuet record, to those calling out from the abyss.

My apologies to those in railway stations for sleeping comfortably at five in the morning.

Pardon me hounded hope for laughing sometimes.

Pardon me deserts for not rushing in with a spoonful of water.

And you O hawk, the same bird for years in the same cage, forever still and staring at the same spot, absolve me even if you happened to be stuffed. …

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