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Excerpt from “The Hammock” by Tom Sleigh

Do you feel that wobble
of earth’s axis, space
whirling past the ice-capped pole?
The pines like judges stare down at us:

What should we recant, here,
tonight, as if we’d only just begun:
Off-center already, losing
equilibrium?  The world-soul moving

through the strung-out stars moves
in threads that creak and moan,
breathes between your mouth and mine.
Pushing me away, you bring

me home, your attraction drawing
down the alchemical sign:
Love draws the soul
the way a magnet draws iron.

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