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Comets

by Richard Brautigan

There are comets
that flash through
our mouths wearing
the grace
of oceans and galaxies

God knows,
we try to do the best
we can.

There are comets
connected to chemicals
that telescope down our tongues
to burn out against
the air.

I know
we do.

There are comets
that laugh at us
from behind our teeth
wearing the clothes
of fish and birds.

We try.

["The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster" by Richard Brautigan, Dell,1973]

 


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