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by Miriam Sagan

  

There is a minute and a half
more light each day
this winter month
as the earth tilts towards equinox
here in the City of the Sacred Faith. Also,
everywhere. So please don’t ask me
how I am, really,
unless you want to hear
the truth of it—
how much I still love you
after all these times.

So moving from darkness
into the brighter if fading afternoon
after the matinee
is startling. The doors open outward
and we re-enter, but not completely,
a familiar world that shimmers—
even in the parking lot
the crepuscular streets—
a bit now at its edges.

  

  

  

  

Miriam Sagan is the author of 30 published books, including the novel Black Rainbow (Sherman Asher, 2015) and Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space (Casa de Snapdragon). which won the 2016 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She founded and headed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement in 2016 Her blog Miriam’s Well (http://miriamswell.wordpress.com) has 1500 daily readers.

 

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