Kathleen Griffin Poems

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1.
Irish-American

Forever alien in this pleasant land,
the hyphenated ones, with double home
long after generations should demand
a single eye should cease to roam
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2.
A Water-Colored World

For James Schuyler

I had wanted to write your elegy
on the subway,
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3.
Big Dipper

Now Charles’ Wain hangs pendant in the sky
this clear, cold night. Folklore made the King
and Emperor a saint at times, or pictured farming
the far and stony reaches there on high
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4.
Ad Catacumbas

Hollow as a seashell
and as washed in light,
Caecelia Metella’s tomb lies open
to the sun, her self
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5.
Clifting

The limestone crumbles
under our scrabbling feet,
the fossil starfish
glimmer just out of sight.
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6.
Conversation

It is morning, Rome.
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7.
February 15th

Rose petals litter the subway car
on the Saturday morning.
Spilled from the full bouquets
of the flushed and happy
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8.
Pound At St. Elizabeth's

A clear monastic cell, a single bunk,
small desk, and the crates still warm
with the California sun-
smell of oranges
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9.
A Beautiful Fez

A beautiful fez
stained with iridescent sweat,
dappled by muddy rains,
is perched at a jaunty angle
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10.
Byron In Greece

This is where love occurs:
on an unexceptional day
full of grit, mud, burrs,
with the sky piddling grey.
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