By Kay Ryan
As some people age
of their eyes widen.
I do not think they weaken;
I think something weak strengthens
until they are more and more aware of it,
like letting in heaven.
But other people are
mussels or clams, frightened.
Steam or knife blades mean open.
They hear heaven, they think boiled or broken.
Ryan, K. (1996). Elephant Rocks. New York, NY: Grove Press.
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