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  • Sam Droege
    9 When one has lived a long time alone, and the hermit thrush calls and there is an answer, and the bullfrog head half out of water utters the cantillations he
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      When one has lived a long time alone,
      and the hermit thrush calls and there is an answer,
      and the bullfrog head half out of water utters
      the cantillations he sang in his first spring,
      and the snake lowers himself over the threshold
      and creeps away among the stones, one sees
      they all live to mate with their kind, and one knows,
      after a long time of solitude, after the many steps
      taken
      away from one's kind, toward these other kingdoms,
      the hard prayer inside one's own singing
      is to come back, if one can, to one's own,
      a world almost lost, in the exile that deepens,
      when one has lived a long time alone.

      - Galway Kinnell


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