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Report from the West


by Tom Hennen

Snow is falling west of here. The mountains have more than a 
foot of it. I see the early morning sky dark as night. I won’t lis
ten to the weather report. I’ll let the question of snow hang.
 Answers only dull the senses. Even answers that are right often
 make what they explain uninteresting. In nature the answers
 are always changing. Rain to snow, for instance. 
 Nature can 
let the mysterious things alone—wet leaves plastered to tree
  trunks, the intricate design of fish guts. The way we don’t fall 
off the earth at night when we look up at the North Star. The 
way we know this may not always be so. The way our dizziness 
makes us grab the long grass, hanging by our fingertips on the 
edge of infinity.

Tom Hennen, “Report from the West” from Darkness Sticks to Everything: Collected and New Poems. Copyright © 2013 by Tom Hennen. Used by permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of Copper Canyon Press, http://www.coppercanyonpress.org

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