"Blank Villanelle"

"Blank Villanelle"

"Blank Villanelle"

A weekly poem, read by the author.
Aug. 10 2010 7:13 AM

"Blank Villanelle"

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for Patricia
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As long as you want
almost never is
as long as you want,

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or it is much longer.
He will not live
as long as you want,

but his forgetfulness
will last as long as memory,
as long as you.  Want,

at once desire and privation,
is the work of his disease.
As long as you want

him, you return to watch hours
unravel.  Are they hard as yours,
as long?  As you want

to let go of the ghost,
you say "but I'll stay
as long as you want,
as long as you want."

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