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Noises underground. <><><><><><><><><><><><> In trees draped with cobwebs I saw caught birds singing. And what were they singing?  We are far away. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Did you try to free them? We are not here.  And far away. Page 5 At the Beach If it were possible for us to build fish by swimming, no one would stay. We would all swim away. And if we could build feathers, we would long ago have taken to the air. We think of the one man who learned to climb a wall of air, pulling hand over hand up the structure we could not see except for his climbing.

Lost in your loneliness, you never noticed as the boat you were standing on started slowly to burn, down in its belly, where you had won the pebbles you now flicked into the harbor, one by one. Smoke started rising through the deck, and when the sailors and fish pushed the boat into the current, fish of fire were leaping from the floor. You have forgotten how to swim. You are reluctant to take off your clothes lest she smell the smoke, turn and see your naked body, such an unimpressive sight. There is something you like about this hopeless situation.

The ground, you told me, was littered with feathers. The wind was a wall. <><><><><><><><><><><><> These days, it seems, we hardly talk at all. 5.  Gestures that contain a life.  The sky is always moving. His granddaughter grew wings she told only him about.  But tonight, something kept climbing over the edge of his ribs to look over her shoulder, into the book he was pretending to read.  They both had a secret. His original granddaughter had flown away. This beautiful girl was just a stand-in, a shade.

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