03.12.2005

TRACK

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Came with broken hearts
came from all points of the compass rose
or compass star
5×5
6×6
7×7


Came to a bridge.






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Crossed the bridge
into the city


Held each other
upon the bridge


Kissed
with the city all before them


Took their picture.






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Coming from wherever
this foreign couple


Tourists or immigrants
with hardly any English


Hardly any experience
but a walk upon the bridge


2 or 3×1.






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Nothing climactic
but a casual promise
in all its power


A stroll across the bridge
some years hence


5×2
2×1.






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Or to see myself writing
a book in a room


On an island where I lived once
as an innocent child


On an island where I never
lost my innocence


1×1 or 1×2.






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So that I come
into a strange company:


“more to me,
and more in my meditations,
than you might suppose.”


Giving or taking up
all of the names.






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Weeping for sorrow
weeping for joy


There on the bridge
camera in hand


There in a room
I will never     see?


Namaste     Hineni





Norman Finkelstein (© 2005)