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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Diaspora Sonnet 11 by Oliver de la Paz

In absence of blackbirds I give you
a diamond-studded sky.

In absence of heat, let there be
a window. Let it be lacquered

with the slow dust of our bodies
settling the sill. In absence of

our bodies, let there be a skein
of geese arrowing past. I give

you the veins of dead vines
festooning the frame. I give

placidity in certain places,
holy with our breath. Let me

smell the once clover-rich field
where we once dwelt, sugared and thick.

From: https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2018/march/two-poems-oliver-de-la-paz

Date: 2018

By: Oliver de la Paz (1972- )