Some part of the lyric wants to exclude
the world with all its chaos and grief
and so conceives shapes (a tear, a globe of dew)
whose cool symmetries create a mood
of security. Which is something all need
and so, the lyric’s urge to exclude
what hurts us isn’t simply a crude
defense, but an embracing of a few
essential shapes: a tear, a globe of dew.
But to what end? Are there clues
in these forms to deeper mysteries
that no good poem should exclude?
What can a stripped art reveal? Is a nude
more naked than the eye can see?
Can a tear freed of salt be a globe of dew?
And most of all—is it something we can use?
Yes, but only as long as its beauty,
like that of a tear or a globe of dew,
reflects the world it meant to exclude.
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