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two matches in the wind

OWL

last night at the joint of dawn,
an owl's call opened the darkness

miles away, more than a world beyond this room

and immediately I was in the woods again,
poised, seeing my eyes seen,
hearing my listening heard

under a huge tree improvised by fear

dead brush fallling then a star
straight through to God
founded and fixed the wood

then out, until it touched the town's lights,
an owl elsewhere swelled and questioned
twice, like you lean and strike
two matches in the wind.

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:Alice Oswald, from her book "Woods Etc." (c) 2007
http://www.jeanettewinterson.com

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