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Stephen Dunn - Welcome

if you believe nothing is always what's left
after a while, as I did,
If you believe you have this collection
of ungiven gifts, as I do (right here
behind the silence and the averted eyes)
If you believe an afternoon can collapse
into strange privacies-
how in your backyard, for example,
the shyness of flowers can be suddenly
overwhelming, and in the distance
the clear goddamn of thunder
personal, like a voice,
If you believe there's no correct response
to death, as I do; that even in grief
(where I've sat making plans)
there are small corners of joy
If your body sometimes is a light switch
in a house of insomniacs
If you can feel yourself straining
to be yourself every waking minute
If, as I am, you are almost smiling . . .

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Poet: Stephen Dunn
Poem: Welcome
Volume: New & Selected Poems 1974-1994
Year: Published/Written in 1994

Comment 1 of 1, added on December 7th, 2005 at 7:25 PM.

This poem has deep inspirational meaning. Please continue to write poems.

Yours in Chirst
Brandon

Brandon from United States

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