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You breathed it into me

by Eve Grubin

May 8, 2013 | 11:23 am

I fail. Every morning shade drawn,

hair brushed, swaying, I can’t

fasten to the words, Hebrew letters

breathe, young sparrows in my palm.

Yes, calm stands up in the coolness

of morning, light pushes, falls

from under the shade’s edges.

A skittering stops me at each syllable. I turn,

check my hair in the mirror, the line of my skirt,

imagine someone watching. I breathe

being observed by an admirer, my mind

startles from words my tongue makes

in the four minutes I give

each morning to speak to no human.

From “Morning Prayer” (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005).

Eve Grubin is the author of “Morning Prayer” (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005 ). She teaches at NYU in London and is the poet-in-residence at the London School of Jewish Studies.

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