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Welcome

Welcome

if you believe nothing is always what’s left
After a while, as I did,
If you believe you have this collection
Of ungiven gifts, as I do (right here
Behind the silence and the averted eyes)
If you believe an afternoon can collapse
Into strange privacies-
How in your backyard, for example,
The shyness of flowers can be suddenly
Overwhelming, and in the distance
The clear goddamn of thunder
Personal, like a voice,
If you believe there’s no correct response
To death, as I do; that even in grief
(where I’ve sat making plans)
There are small corners of joy
If your body sometimes is a light switch
In a house of insomniacs
If you can feel yourself straining
To be yourself every waking minute
If, as I am, you are almost smiling. . .



Poem Welcome - Stephen Dunn