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Experiment 1

Sometimes the Hands of Children

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Sometimes the Hands of Children.

Sometimes the hands of children -
Strangers' children
Clutching after smiles, so clumsy,
Shyly shielding eyes, new eyes,
Parting curtains, watching
- Have made me seem the stranger.

Sometimes these hands with laughter -
Ancient laughter
Mounting through the limbs they lathe
- Will map the bone's, deep bone's
Volcanic contours which
In red flesh-darkness they alone can read.

Always the hands of children,
Grown old quickly
Threaten, calmly now, that curled
Convulsive grasping of
Five furrows of the arid earth;
Threaten, tamely now, that splayed
Spreadeagled framing of
Four segments of the headlong sky.