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Two poems

February 27, 2007


bright ducks land
wings out onto watered mirrorglass
mercury flakes fall
as the wallpaper fades
year on year

a door is open in the house
the one thing that props the roof up
the fire smokes
exhales another breath

outside the snow
and this room already far away

speculum (SPEK-yoo-luhm) noun
1. A mirror used as a reflector in an optical instrument,
such as a telescope.
2. Speculum metal: any of various alloys of copper and
tin used in making mirrors.
3. An instrument for holding open a body cavity for
medical examination.
4. A bright patch of color on the wings of certain birds,
for example ducks.
[From Latin speculum (mirror), from specere (to look at), ultimately
from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe) which is also the
root of such words as suspect, spectrum, bishop (literally, overseer),
espionage, despise, telescope, and spectacles.]


morning’s beauty has wrinkled
into cloud glower

snow shower

dark eyed
with the threat

of sharp stars
cold night

by Ivy Alvarez

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  1. February 28, 2007 at 11:28 am

    I love the first one especially – such a palimpsest of images!

  2. February 28, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Oo, both are so good. The first has so much in it to look at, but the second is spare as a knife.

  3. Ivy
    March 1, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Jean and leslee, I’m so glad these poems resonated for you.

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