OTHERS DENY IT

 

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If I could trace it out

full and sure—

an index finger’s worth—

I most assuredly would.

 

If I could call it out

in an opera of elephants,

gray and wide—

I certainly would.

 

To dribble it out,

to dabble about

on the viola and let it

hang its whites on a wide veranda—

be sure I would if I could.

 

Some have applied it with oils

and the colors of French gargoyles.

Others have denied it.

Drums, piano, cello—

the whole!

have vied for it.

 

If I could snare it clean

like a cat in a trap

and tame it with milk

no less whiter than a page

(a page clean of ink;

of the scratch of lead)

without a doubt, I would.

[From the Watermark series]

 

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