Denise Levertov Poems

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1.
Talking To Grief

Ah, Grief, I should not treat you
like a homeless dog
who comes to the back door
for a crust, for a meatless bone.
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2.
What Were They Like?

Did the people of Viet Nam
use lanterns of stone?
Did they hold ceremonies
to reverence the opening of buds?
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3.
Aware

When I found the door
I found the vine leaves
speaking among themselves in abundant
whispers.
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4.
In California During The Gulf War

Among the blight-killed eucalypts, among
trees and bushes rusted by Christmas frosts,
the yards and hillsides exhausted by five years of drought,
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5.
Bearing The Light

6.
The Secret

Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry.
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7.
Celebration

Brilliant, this day – a young virtuoso of a day.
Morning shadow cut by sharpest scissors,
deft hands. And every prodigy of green –
whether it's ferns or lichens or needles
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8.
A Tree Telling Of Orpheus

White dawn. Stillness.When the rippling began
          I took it for sea-wind, coming to our valley with rumors
          of salt, of treeless horizons. But the white fog
didn't stir; the leaves of my brothers remained outstretched,
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9.
Variation On A Theme By Rilke

A certain day became a presence to me;
there it was, confronting me--a sky, air, light:
a being. And before it started to descend
from the height of noon, it leaned over
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10.
Losing Track

Long after you have swung back
away from me
I think you are still with me:
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