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Phrases Strong and Perfect

Inupiaq tribe - White Mountain, Alaska


To the Eskimo, glances are actions. And of actions,

they leave a bright trail to read


so that when two crows hit against the glass window

where Linky was, she said, something has happened!


She said nothing comes here without significance, that

even the wind blows as God’s breath


shaking the willows, taking its leaves. She said

what I said, that even dusk talks in long sentences of color;


everything that shifts, moves, but not only for itself

like the sun dropping a strong phrase of light


on a child, like the child giving a crow call

the same moment Linky sights the birds.


This is what the cold has taught. How the world is

of words though no one is speaking


how the days went as this day went,

which has nothing to do with time.



''Phrases Strong and Perfect'' is in Frozen Latitudes. 

The poem first appeared in the journal Cold Mountain Review.