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A Stone Carver Reads Rilke

Mary O'Malley

    All summer the air was full of them.
    His eye is drawn up into their element
    as if some ocular shift enabling him to see
    a new colour had occurred in June, when he read
    the first Elegy, compensation for faith lost.
    He is aware of birds. He buys only Italian shoes.
    From that year on he gave up Christs,
    Madonnas, Baby Jesuses. The angle where the marble
    dovetailed into a roof no longer interested him.
    He was hooked on the beginnings of terror.
    Each angel is shod in hobnailed boots
    weighted against her essence,
    either because he trusted less
    in the nature of stone than of his creation
    or because he believed in stout footwear.
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