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Two poems: The Cormorant’s Apology; Small Infinities

"Now that the big election's over, we can all get back to pondering what's really important... poetry," writes Kurt Kruger, in a note accompanying two poems that he feels complement each other.
The Cormorant’s Apology

 

“Let it roll off your back like water,”

the mallard said to me.

 

“But water doesn’t roll off my back,”

I said,

“It seeps in and fills the spaces in my feathers.

I couldn’t dive otherwise,

and I dive deep,

and I stay down a long time,

and whether or not I’ve brought anything back,

by the time I surface,

I’m exhausted, wet, and cold,

and I can’t fly or even swim

until I’ve stood off by myself

and dried out.

I’m not a duck.”

 

*     *     *

 

Small Infinities

 

Why can’t I play too?

 

Everyone’s outside

Playing ball

 

And here I am,

Looking out

The bay window

With the aspidistra,

Practicing my violin,

 

Scales, arpeggios,

Air on the G String

 

(I’d rather be airing out someone’s g-string).

 

Then I hear it,

In the spaces

Of the melody,

 

The infinity between 1 and 2.

 

 

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