Still Life with Invisible Canoe

by Idra Novey

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Levinas asked if we have the right
To be        the way I ask my sons
If they’d like to be trees

The way the word tree
Makes them a little animal
Dancing up and down
Like bears in movies

Bears I have to say
Pretend we are children     

At a river one of them says
So we sip it    pivot in the hallway
Call it a canoe

It is noon in the living room
We are rowing through a blue
That is a feeling mostly

The way drifting greenly
Under real trees
Is a feeling near holy

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