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Looking at Pictures to Be Put Away by Gary Snyder

I just woke up. Sitting in the silence while everybody else is asleep. After I write this, I will get up and smoke outside. And then I’ll go back to the way things were before things fell apart last week.

It will be Herculean, but I will pull myself together.

Looking at Pictures to Be Put Away
Gary Snyder

Who was this girl
In her white night gown
Clutching a pair of jeans

On a foggy redwood deck.
She looks up at me tender,
Calm, surprised,

What will we remember
Bodied thick with food and lovers
After twenty years.

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