poetry critical

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Random Poem:

tree-woman
slancho

I.
 1
 
 
Mind moves, open door
 2
swings through space.
 3
Cold breath sweeps
 4
the evening calm in the shape
 5
of a woman’s body.
 6
 
 
Long shadow coils edge-
 7
less round a tree-trunk;
 8
gathers perilous omens in
 9
loud voices; stutters slowly
 10
before images of saints.
 11
 
 
Her house is nobody’s
 12
rest stop, only a lavender
 13
patch tricks all feelings
 14
into one long, fake summer.
 15
Knotted branches carpet the walls.
 16
 
 
II.
 17
 
 
Her husband leaves her
 18
every winter for another
 19
woman with stronger arms;
 20
sends drawings of meadows,
 21
of children playing with moss.  
 22
 
 
Snow falls, hands build fire
 23
from a leafless tree;
 24
in its first warmth a woman
 25
sleeps, her shadow – thin
 26
willow wrapped in silk.
 27
 
 
Teeth carve a heart out of moist
 28
bark; somewhere hills are
 29
rising, windless birds are turning
 30
through blackened skies and trees
 31
are swaying free, as all trees are free.
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