Karl Shapiro quotes

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Its quick silver bell beating, beating
And down the dark one ruby flare
Pulsing out red light like an artery,
But this invites the occult mind,
Cancels our physics with a sneer,
Already old, the question Who shall die?
Becomes unspoken Who is innocent?
We are deranged, walking among the cops
Who sweep glass and are large and composed.
Flouncing your skirts, you blueness of joy, you flirt of
But with exquisite breathing you smile, with satisfaction of love,
And I touch you again as you tick in the silence and settl
We ask for no statistics of the killed,
For nothing political impinges on
We too are ashes as we watch and hear
The psalm, the sorrow, and the simple praise
However others calculate the cost,
To us the final aggregate is one,
Laughter and grief join hands. Always the heart
Clumps in the breast with heavy stride;
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