We have no choice but to bid you Come, Welcome,

 

 

Commands for the End of Summer 

Rachel Wetzsteon, 1967-2009, American

 

 

 

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Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series I: Tree #9, Henry, 2016, and details; mounted inkjet prints and acrylic paint on printed Plexiglass. Charles Gaines, American born 1944.

The Joyner/Guffrida collection on loan to the Baltimore Museum of Art, 2019

 

 

I.

Deepen,
leaves, not with what
has made us sorry but
with what was profound about that
sorrow.

 

 

 

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ii.

Make me
spontaneous,
gathering winds, but don’t
blow so giddily I teeter
too much.

 

 

 

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iii.

Songs I
listened to all
summer long, accept my
thanks: to regress is not to move
backward.

 

 

 

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Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV: Tree #9, Henry, 2017, and details; mounted inkjet prints and acrylic paint on printed Plexiglass. Charles Gaines, American born 1944.

The Joyner/Guffrida collection on loan to the Baltimore Museum of Art, 2019

 

 

iv.

Splash of
patchouli on
my wrist, remind me that
in this cauldron there is a world
elsewhere.

 

 

 

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v.

Smile! Those
days of humid
agony have earned you
the right to a hundred purple
sunsets.

 

 

 

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vi.

Come, fall,
I can feel you
stirring, I can hardly
wait for the things that will happen
come fall.

 

 

 

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