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To a Poet Who Sentences Herself

unable to break free of the period
rush out of breath down the page into
whatever crazy weather happens as when
a child she ran through Whitman’s grass
before her mother stopped her
and stopped her again and she learned
to stop herself…a woman who’s flown
across two continents, spent a year abroad
can’t move out of the sentence
she paces back & forth in every day
trying to shut out free spirit jazzy sounds
coming through but habit and the
man playing them lead her to briefly
venture past the period, toward him
for whom getting the sound is everything
his habit, beside the point, hers
the point itself

  Linda Lerner