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          By Bonnie Enes

          Poets, musicians, artists
          an obsessive lot
          look at Monet’s 23 haystacks
          haystacks... 23.

          Seek the source, root,
          core, rub your nose in it,
          smell the damp sweetness,
          put an ear to it, hear
          a song of drying, ease fingers
          into the steaming wet heat
          feel it give, fold, then burrow
          inside a reed.

          Wrap in it like a cocoon, roll
          in it like silt, scrape it
          under finger nails like fish scales,
          breathe it in like musk, slide it
          onto your tongue like honey, let it
          fill your heart like the cry
          of a birth, and shed its skin on paper
          like a rattlesnake.

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