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Alison Pelegrin

May you witness cherry blossoms surrender,
and, in surrendering, utter an opera of sighs
as the wind shudders through the leaves.
May you be wise in the way of mystics
who know that sometimes words are not enough
and who then welcome silence in the shadows of flowering trees.

— Alison Pelegrin, from “The Words You Need,” Waterlines: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2016)

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