Treasure Island

Maxine Kumin

Poems of Maxine Kumin

1. In the Park 1/20/2003
2. Purgatory 1/20/2003
3. The Hermit Goes Up Attic 1/20/2003
4. Woodchucks 1/20/2003

In the Park

You have forty-nine days between
death and rebirth if you're a Buddhist.
Even the smallest soul could swim
the English Channel in that time
or climb, like a ten-month-old child,
every step of the Washington Monument
to travel across, up, down, over or through
--you won't know till you get there which to do.

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