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May 19, 2015 | Poetry

Ascent

Susan Comninos

Ascent photo

 

Places that will not want
You, strike hooves below the earth.
Fur-breathed, and winter friendly

Cider and hot baths,
Like consolation, cool
Off fast. Why, Kafka,

Have I had so little 
In common with myself?
Only the moon could know

How sly I feel, gaping
At its glut of stars.

 

In Hebrew, the word olah – meaning: ascent – also means burnt offering.

 

 

image: Aaron Burch


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