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Poem Number 006

The Distances

Henry Rago

This house, pitched now
The dark wide stretch
Of plains and ocean
To these hills over
The night-filled river,
Billows with night,
Swells with the rooms
Of sleeping children, pulls
Slowly from this bed,
Slowly returns, pulls and holds,
Is held where we
Lock all distances!

Ah, how the distances
Spiral from that
Rooms, roof
Spun to the huge
Midnight, and into
The rings and rings of stars.


from A Sky of Late Summer, 1963
The Macmillan Company

Copyright 1963 by Henry Rago.
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