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38| April Flowered Skies

Robert Darcy

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I learned to love, easing toward the world,
From studied and slow processed poetry,
A trusted guide, its staid assumptions hurled
At my young brain of meek geometry.
I found you by an accident of sight.
You found me, too, and after friendly drink,
We contemplated decorated night
Where stars like candles never made us blink.
But that was toward a future neither knew
While April flowered skies told different ends.
They lied to us. And poetry did too.
The arc of life invariably bends.
      If fair and just are truly synonyms,
      I can’t decide — my life, my lines, my limbs.

Robert Darcy is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he teaches and studies early modern literature.

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