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Today the weather brings to mind
the nature of the curved line,
the many ways

we measure time,
the drawing of a deep breath,
the shape of the sail

just before
another holy exhale.
And there, an aperture

begins, the signature
reminder the body is at home
and beginnings

and endings are the same
as a nonce form,
or a summer storm

or even a season being born—
not an erasure but
a departure from the norm.

Wendy Videlock

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