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Denise Levertov - Seeing For A Moment

I thought I was growing wings—
it was a cocoon.

I thought, now is the time to step
into the fire—
it was deep water.

Eschatology is a word I learned
as a child: the study of Last Things;

facing my mirror—no longer young,
   the news—always of death,
   the dogs—rising from sleep and clamoring
      and howling, howling,

nevertheless
I see for a moment
that's not it: it is
the First Things.

Word after word
floats through the glass.
Towards me.

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Poet: Denise Levertov
Poem: Seeing For A Moment
Volume: Oblique Prayers
Year: Published/Written in 1984
Poem of the Day: Oct 10 2006
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