Tuesday, January 01, 2008

565. First Grade Homework - D. Nurkse

The child's assignment
"What is a city?"
All dusk, she sucks her pencil
while cars swish by
like ghosts, neighbors' radios
forecast rain, high clouds,
diminishing winds: at last
she writes: The city is everyone."
Now it's time
for math, borrowing and exchanging,
the long discipleship
to zero, the stranger,
the force that makes us
what we study: father and child,
writing in separate books,
infinite and alone.

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