Philip Booth Poems

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1.
First Lesson

Lie back daughter, let your head
be tipped back in the cup of my hand.
Gently, and I will hold you. Spread
your arms wide, lie out on the stream
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2.
Nightsong

Beside you,
Lying down at dark,
My waking fits your sleep.
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3.
Crossing

STOP    LOOK    LISTEN
 as gate stripes swing down
  count the cars hauling distance
    upgrade through town:
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4.
Ganglia

As long as you
know you don't know,
not knowing's not
what hurts,
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5.
Like A Woman

Like a woman
I loved, I say
words to the dark,
not to suffer.
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6.
Parting

That you are moving so far
will not, as you say,
tear me apart; it is having
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7.
One Man's Wife

Not that he promised not to windowshop,
or refuse free samples; but he gave up
exploring warehouse bargains, and forgot
the trial offers he used to mail away for.
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8.
Passage Without Rites

Homing, inshore, from far off-soundings.
Night coming on. Sails barely full.
The wind,
in its dying, too light to lift us against
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9.
After The Rebuilding

After the rebuilding was done, and
the wood stove finally installed, after
the ripping out of walls, tearing back to
its beams the house he'd lived in, frozen, for over
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10.
Post-Equinox Spectra

Still weeks to ice-out
in upcountry lakes. Here
on the coast, salt-ice
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