Treasure Island

Christina Pugh


Poems of Christina Pugh

1. I and Thou 3/19/2012
2. Inflection 3/19/2012
3. Rotary 1/13/2003
4. Rue Family 3/19/2012
5. Twenty-Third 3/19/2012

Twenty-Third

And at the picnic table under the ancient elms,
one of my parents turned to me and said:
“We hope you end up here,”
where the shade relieves the light, where we sit
in some beneficence—and I felt the shape of the finite
after my ether life: the ratio, in all dappling,
of dark to bright; and yet how brief my stay would be
under the trees, because the voice I’d heard
could not cradle me, could no longer keep me

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