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Three Universes
by Jody Nagel

 
The text of Three Universes consists of three selections
taken from VERSES RE VERSUS by George Wolfe.
Used by the permission of George Wolfe.
 
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I. VERSES RE VERSUS, No. 4
 
Suns burning into time
whisper secrets. Their
universe, violent yet silent,
the gripping forces restrain
visions orbiting through Stars.
 
Stars through orbiting visions
restrain forces gripping the
silent yet violent universe.
Their secrets whisper
time into burning suns.

 
II. VERSES RE VERSUS, No. 3
 
Hummingbirds saw stillness
in eyes drinking her
Light from dawn.
 
Dawn from light,
her drinking eyes in
stillness saw hummingbirds.

 
III. VERSES RE VERSUS, No. 5
 
Flags wave.
We reason the war is over.
Is night forgotten? Our
loss, our celebration?
Painful parades -- our
lessons unlearned.
 
Unlearned lessons?
Our paradešs painful
celebration, our loss,
our forgotten night is over!
Is war the reason we
wave flags?

 
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