Muriel Rukeyser quotes

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"Try to live as if there were a God"
I am haunted by interrupted acts,
introspective as a leper, enchanted
Came to Ajanta cave, the painted space of the breast,
the real world where everything is complete,
The heavy sensual shoulders, the thighs, the blood-born flesh
and earth turning into color, rocks into their crystals,
The naked world, and the old noise of tears,
the fear, the expiation and the love,
a star
called Wormwood rose and flickered, shattering
Dead power is everywhere among us--in the forest, chopping down the songs; at night in the industrial landscape, wasting and stiff ...
Twilight and bulb define
the brown room, the overstuffed plum sofa,
the boy, and the girl's thin hands above his head.
He sits at the table, head down, the young clear neck exposed,
watching the drugstore sign from the tail of his eye;
Erasing the failure of weeks with level fingers,
she sleeks the fine hair, combing: "You'll look fine tomorrow!
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