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The Red Poppy

The great thing
Is not having
A mind. Feelings:
Oh, I have those; they
Govern me. I have
A lord in heaven
Called the sun, and open
For him, showing him
The fire of my own heart, fire
Like his presence.
What could such glory be
If not a heart? Oh my brothers and sisters,
Were you like me once, long ago,
Before you were human? Did you
Permit yourselves
To open once, who would never
Open again? Because in truth
I am speaking now
The way you do. I speak
Because I am shattered.


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Poem The Red Poppy - Louise Gluck