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This poem is taken from PN Review 91, Volume 19 Number 5, May - June 1993.

Two Poems Rodney Pybus


Lost for twelve months and found again,
rare Common Blue lights up the air:
nervy flicker-flashes, small parings of sky,
drive grief from a year


I watch their brilliant careerings
above the beach. I take your hand
and say 'I do love
the way they do it in pairs up there,
their mazy, faithful quadrille'


Dazed by the decades, we think
we can measure our lives
by anniversaries that quicken
the heart. It's no use.
All the time, fast as blue seconds,
our days fly


The wind has torn away
a small piece from a page
of blue psalms; it does not fall,

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