Yusef Komunyakaa

(April 29, 1947 / 1947)

THE SHORTEST NIGHT

I went into the forest searching
for fire inside pleading wood,
but I can't say for how long
I was moored between worlds.
I heard a magpie's rumination,
but I don't know if its wings
lifted the moon or let it drift
slow as a little straw boat
set ablaze on a winding river.

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