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Weekly Poem: ‘Song’

By Cynthia Zarin

My heart, my dove, my snail, my sail, my
milktooth, shadow, sparrow, fingernail,
flower-cat and blossom-hedge, mandrake

root now put to bed, moonshell, sea-swell,
manatee, emerald shining back at me,
nutmeg, quince, tea leaf and bone, zither,

cymbal, xylophone: paper, scissors, then
there’s stone—Who doesn’t come through the door
to get home?

Cynthia Zarin is the author of four books of poetry — “The Swordfish Tooth” (1989); “Fire Lyric” (1993); and “The Watercourse” (2002); and “The Ada Poems” (2010) — and five books for children.