Kathleen Griffin

Rookie (October 5,1948 / New York, New York)

The Rule Of Names

Wrapped in a Russian army cloak
and the coarse cheesecloth
of legend, I fell in love
with the onion domes
of the old walled city,
with Peter’s ice-spun dream
at a northern window. Far
Baikal drowned my dreamless nights.
The Slavic cheekbones of the Ukraine,

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