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Brightness Falls from the Air
by Alicia Ostriker

Brightness falls from the air
said the old woman
like Bach’s cello concerto
played by Isaac Stern
travelling the universe gently
like deep blue dust
I call it evening

Brightness falls from the air
said the dark red tulip
and when it does I lock
myself in the house
I pull the blinds down
I turn off the radio
I almost stop breathing

Brightness falls from the air
said the dog
well so I use my brain
this happens all the time
if I go to sleep now
it will be bright again when I wake up
goodbye