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March 1984

 

Out on the river are two men

in a ship of fancy

boat of wood

held fast

by an earthbound chain

 

over on the street

jackets come off

arms exposed to brilliance

and warmth

and sidewalk sales

 

ice

in crushing defeat

is formed (at last)

into cubes

or

races north to rest

pausing with rearguards

beneath outstretched limbs

of waiting forest

to remain for a time

in defence and defiance

but

both futile

it retreats

shapeless

 


Out on the River are Two Men
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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