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Stanley Plumly

Love, too, a leveler, a dying all its own,
the parts left behind not to be replaced,
a loss ongoing, and every day increased,
like rising in the night, at 3:00 am,
to watch the snow or the dead leaf fall,
the rings around the streetlight in the rain,
and then the rain, the red fist in the heart
opening and closing almost without me.

—Stanley Plumly, from “Variation on a Line from Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Five Flights Up’,” Poetry (June 2015)

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