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Portrait Of A Figure Near Water

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Rebuked, she turned and ran
uphill to the barn. Anger, the inner
arsonist, held a match to her brain.
She observed her life: against her will
it survived the unwavering flame.


The barn was empty of animals.
Only a swallow tilted
near the beams, and bats

hung from the rafters
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Susan Williams 15 December 2015

It's official. With reading the last few poems and this one- I am a huge fan of Jane Kenyon. She is a master wordsmith- Anger, the inner arsonist, held a match to her brain. - - The stone trough was still filled with water: she watched it and received its calm. - - Then she closes the poem so briefly, clearly, lucid as the water she writes about. She died too young, God, we need her ilk on earth here guiding us

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