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The Late Ambassadorial Light Thomas Lux

from "The Cradle Place: Poems" by Thomas Lux (Houghton Mifflin: 80 pp., $22)

June 27, 2004|Thomas Lux

Light reaches through a leaf

and that light, diminished, passes through

another leaf,

and another, down

to the lawn beneath.

Green, green, the high grass shivers.

Water over a stone, and bees,

bees around the flowers, deep-tiered beds

of them, yellows and golds and reds.

Saw-blade ferns feather in the breeze.

And, just as a cloud's corner

catches the sun, a tiny glint in the garden -- the milk

of a broken stalk? A lion's tooth?

Or might that be the delicate labia

of an orchid?

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