9-09-14 I’ve Stolen Your Words (Western Cloud Tributary)

I’VE STOLEN YOUR WORDS

After Shelomo Ibn Gabiriol

 

I’ve stolen your words, I don’t deny it—
   I ate them and broke teeth on the liberation wall;
did I think I could soar with your songs
   or use them to hide my flaws? I did.

Can a woman scale the tree of life
   and eclipse the application of light in the world?
It’s always, I think, a simple plan of clouds:
   can the East River be drained with a teaspoon?

Melanie Neilson

 

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