for Robert Creeley (1926-2005)

What you won’t see today:

juniper’s tough skein.

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The rolling
hummocks

have grown syntax–

tassels and bells–

for careless
wings to be among.

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The tic
in articulation.

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The present is cupped

by a small effort
of focus–

its muscular surround.

You’re left out.