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THE POND

Written by Debra Nystrom, Professor, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

A little cool, you think,

then the iron-scent takes you in,

you leave your feet and let it—

 

early summer chill easing its ripple

across your chest as if this water

never held a body other than yours

 

—silk, silty touch, thick with

minerals that knew you before

your body was body at all—was

 

nothing, pure impulse, wanting to be

taken, known, sweet-weight lifted

alone out to the dark middle,

 

place you always knew, as it knew

you would find yourself here, wet,

untethered, eyes closed, forgetting.

 

 

-Debra Nystrom

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