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Keep your face to the sunshine
and shadows will fall behind you. -- Walt Whitman

Revenant by James Graham

Memories do not age. How can it be
that the Earth has gone around the Sun
twenty-one times since this young

day in Koblenz? She leans on a rail
that overlooks the river, and sings:
Und ruhig fliesst der Rhein. And says:
'I love this place. Let’s walk along’.
An old man plays a concertina, does
a little awkward dance; we put
three marks in his sailor hat. We go

hand in hand, and pause, and talk
about the Lorelei, and Siegfried’s journey.
It is happening now, though she is gone…
I am here…but it folds away, and leaves
the Sun and Moon to their cold arithmetic.

The Linnets Wings