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WALKING TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD

And the ocean smells like lilacs in late August-how is that

The light there muted (silver) as remembered light.

Do you have any children?

No, lucky for them.

Bad things happen when you get hands, dolphin.

Can you tell us a little bit about your upbringing?

There is no down or up in space or in the womb.

If they'd stabbed me to death on the day I was born, it would have been an act of mercy.

Like the light in the last room, the windowless room at the end, must look out on. Gold-tinged, blue vapor trail breaking up now like the white line you see after driving all day, when your eyes close;

vapor trail breaking up now between huge clouds resembling a kind of Mt. Rushmore of your parents faces.

And these untravelled windy back roads here-cotton leaves blowing past me, in the long blue horizontal light-

if I am on an island, how is it they go on forever.

This sky line an infinite tenderness, I have caught glimpses of that, often, so often, and never yet have I described it,

I can't, somehow, I never will.

How is it that I didn't spend my whole life being happy, loving other human beings' faces.

And wave after wave, the ocean smells like lilacs in late August.

-Franz Wright-

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