Babette Deutsch Poems

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1.
Megalosaurus

2.
Lioness Asleep

Content that now the bleeding bone be swept
Out of her reach, she lay upon her side.
In a blonde void sunk deep, she slept, she slept
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3.
Natural Law

If you press a stone with your finger,
Sir Isaac Newton observed,
The finger is also
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4.
Need

What do we need for love—a midnight fire
Flinging itself by fistfuls up the chimney
In soft bright snatches? Do we need the snow,
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5.
Petrograd

And there was stormy silence in that city,
A silence of the unborn where it moved
In darkness, piteous, but without pity,
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6.
In August

Heat urges secret odors from the grass.
Blunting the edge of silence, crickets shrill.
Wings veer: inane needles of light, and pass.
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7.
Dawn in Wartime

Sunrise tumbling in like a surf,
A foam of petals, curling thousands, lightly crumbling
Away into light.
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8.
Lizard at Pompeii

Little finger of fiery green, it
flickers over stone. Waits
in a weed's shadow.
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9.
The Net

Into this net of leaves, green as old glass
That the sun fondles, trembling like images
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10.
No Moon, No Star

Sky is such softness, is such dark,
Mt as the pelt of a black panther is
In his den's bight. Under the mat soft black
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