[ilds] The snake has his snowy way...

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 16:46:41 PDT 2008

Robert Duncan
-- from /The Years as Catches: First Poems (1939-46)/, 1966

"An Ark for Lawrence Durrell"

If we are to cross the barriers of snow
into the cave-home of our childhood, dark
among darkened lights, telling our beads,
if we are to cross over the roots of sorrow--
let us take with us the fox,
for he is quicker than our sickness;
let us take the cock, for he remembers the day
and leaps for light. And let us take
the white-haired ass who is gentle
and bows his head.

The snake has his own way among us.

(from 1940)

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