The morning was green and my heart was green…

Stephen Kuusisto wearing a fedora and trench coat, standing beside a dragon in Kyoto, Japan

Shall I say Wordsworth—
Skiff of mind in the shallows
All those minnows bright as dimes…

O past tense, call the goddess
We’ll stop here
Step from the boat
Walk across the lilies.

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Passing houses in any neighborhood—“that looks like my boyhood home….”

It was said of Dante “no other poet knew how to praise or blame with such excellence….” (Was it Benvenuto?)

I walk past houses….praise and blame the memories….

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“Love insists the loved loves back” (Dante)

Love this moment.

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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