June 19, 1995 — Untitled

This is worth reiterating:

Beach rocks jutting up from liquid churn
         pebbles in the sea
Cheek bones beneath my lover’s face
         What are they to me?
Hard things shape and hold in place
         The softness of the earth.
Bones and stones support the shape
         That rends all beauty’s birth.

— John H. Richards, June 19, 1995

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