COMPOSED BY THE SIDE OF GRASSMERE LAKE

a repetition of stars
the oar’s slow groans
beneath Aquarius

two children found her
floating face up in the lake
one breast visible
below cold murky water
the silver back of a pike

beyond the reeds
clouds linger
on another night

her father throws soil
onto the wooden casket
November drizzle
slowly soaking through his suit
the memory of a smile

Venus’ and Mars’ abysmal fires
calm and cool in Grasmere Lake

paul t conneally & debra woolard bender

from THE WORDSWORTH PAPERS

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William Wordsworth after Pickersgill by Susumu Takiguchi

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