2 June 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 2


in the historical, non-

traditional space. I held

your body up, I held

you suddenly. crossed

out of limelight, pressed

into another, finely-

wrought space. the

weight is yours, leaning

heavily on the muscles.

broad-banked shadows,

an arm, a toe. bliss

comes lightly and leaves

quickly, leaves nothing

much behind. tender

me now, I say to the

sad stone. lest impressions

fade, lest canceling

becomes a rite of passage

and you fall, licking

the heavy body, what is

left of the evergreen child.

About the author:

Rebecca Givens' poems have been published or are upcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Gettysburg Review, New Hampshire Review, and Adirondack Review. Currently she works as a Teaching Fellow in Athens, Greece.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Rebecca Givens at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 2, where "Patience" ran on June 2, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry, editors' select.

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