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  • Poem of the Day: Rhymes for a Watertower
    A town so flat a grave's a hill,
                A dusk the color of beer.
    A row of schooldesks shadows fill,
                A row of houses near.

    A courthouse spreading to its lawn,
                A bank clock's lingering heat.
    A gleam of storefronts not quite gone,
                A courthouse in the street.

    A different element, almost,
                A dry creek brimming black.
    A light to lure the darkness close,
                A light to keep it back.

    A time so still a heart's a sound,
                A moon the color of skin.
    A pumpjack bowing to the ground,
                Again, again, again.

    Christian Wiman, "Rhymes for a Watertower" from Hard Night. Copyright © 2005 by Christian Wiman.  Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

    Source: Hard Night(Copper Canyon Press, 2005)

    Christian Wiman

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