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number 55

P O E T R Y
by Elisabeth Murawski

On Arriving and Departing

The moon is an ellipse
half-hidden by a silo.
Dry leaves rasp like paper.

I hold a microphone
close to the calf
in the cow's belly. Where is

the one pure thing?
A train whistle
wraps itself around

the wooden house, around
the calf's heartbeat.
Am I leaving the farm

or arriving? The red
of the barn in moonlight
turns gray

as the devil's face
when he sniped at Schubert
writing the four impromptus.

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