Sam Sampson

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She is Sparrow-like and Fierce

        I’ll tie myself to her voice
scene pulled from frame to frayed edge
                knot-to-knot…to pull backwards that tapestry of dress
                                (yes, the pattern returns triumphant)
                                        crux of the matter, to go on…wistfully
                                                        could not she?
                                        of course life-lines feeding the concrete
                                clear-cut she is sparrow-like and fierce,
                        thin…angular, with the hollow-eyed look
        she could reach people with her mimicry
                a little melancholic roust
an elegiac circus        and under this whirling
        her manic joy…streaming in and out-of-breath.

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