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Seeing For A Moment

I thought I was growing wings-
It was a cocoon.

I thought, now is the time to step
Into the fire-
It was deep water.

Eschatology is a word I learned
As a child: the study of Last Things;

Facing my mirror-no longer young,
the news-always of death,
the dogs-rising from sleep and clamoring
and howling, howling,

Nevertheless
I see for a moment
That’s not it: it is
The First Things.

Word after word
Floats through the glass.
Towards me.

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Poem Seeing For A Moment - Denise Levertov