30 August 2009 | Vol. 9, No. 2

Shelter #4: Last

Guided by the memory of light.

            Don't forget not to speak of

            what should stay on the ground

between us. A heron lifts off the limbs,

tucking its feet beneath it

            if you could drag them

            behind you gracefully

Moving only in the end of light,

guided by the memory of light.

            See what becomes of even stone-

            carved letters and bear the heavy

rain open-eyed.

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About the author:

Carolyn Guinzio is the author of Quarry (Fall 2008, Free Verse Editions, Parlor Press), and West Pullman (Bordighera, 2005), winner of the Bordighera Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Cannibal, Colorado Review, New American Writing, Typo, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Bard College and lives in Fayetteville, AR.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Carolyn Guinzio at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 9, No. 2, where "Shelter #4: Last" ran on August 30, 2009. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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