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SIMON PERCHIK : They Wait
SIMON PERCHIK : Katherine is Reading

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SIMON PERCHIK
They Wait

* They wait for this match to let them in all at once –these stars need more time smothered by how quiet the sun waits in the darkness this candle knows by heart –it’s your usual match, half wood half some mountainside breathing again and rock by rock rescued by the simple flame that looms over you as smoke broken open for rain and falling back –such is the need for a face –the ground almost asleep kept warm, expecting you.

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SIMON PERCHIK
Katherine is Reading

Katherine is reading this and in the slow rain between each word she hears her lips closing in the way a love note is folded kept for years alone in a drawer half wood, half as if its darkness is after something else on the page she can’t remember touching before vaguely, if someone older says so though a star can be born and die before its light reaches her eyes holding on to these dim shapes that have no sound yet –it’s too soon –she will forget how far and you what she hears at every chance.

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SIMON PERCHIK is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com


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