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Four Way Books
Realm of the Possible
by Sharon Dolin

ISBN: 1-884800-57-2
paper, 83 pages, $14.95





expected—cows
ruminate by the highway
even in rain or bat their
ears forward and back and how
you thought the story of your life
would get told: the children you thought
you’d already have by now partially grown
books and other accomplishments—houses
owned cities seen lakes traversed—and now
we’re stuck in traffic
and it’s not even rush hour
with the hurricane storm
moving slowly north from Alabama.
How come it’s raining here already
somewhere south of Albany—just one
damned thing after another and those
injections you’ve had to give yourself and
your dad’s bypass surgery. Just look:
        Evening primrose all along the roadside match
        the painted line and Queen Anne’s lace
                       on the other side rows of young corn
                       joe-pye weed blurred to Scottish heather.
When you go for a walk blackberries have started
        ripening you           pluck two
from each bush notice tadpoles suck air
        along the fountains rim. Such small swishings
of joy maybe
                       this is it—every day puts forth a new song deer flies
                       dive-bombing your head when the breeze
                       lets up—