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A l l a n   P e t e r s o n



A Certain Assurance



Something almost moving over grass

Not this grass

but that beyond three waves of hills

bluer as they go

and not grasses really but a succession

of oak and sumac

becoming indistinct more uniform


is a reliable consequence of distance

a certain assurance

that vision and longing are inseparable

slowed to acceptance

so that scenery hawks and song lyrics

appear iconic at stall speed

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