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Volume 2 | Issue 4 | May 2008 | 

Marilyn Crysl


The expected one and the unexpected
The erect one and the one bent over

The one who says I’m talking too much and keeps talking
The one too shy to meet your eyes

The fascinating one, and the not very,
the one you’re maneuvering to avoid

and the one you turned away who comes again
who again you turn away

This one that one the slender the fat one
The one who is stream and the one who is stone

The wet one the dry one the low and the high one
soaring over granite, its scatter of bone

The one just out of prison, the one just sentenced
and the prison warden

The one who killed, and then ate the heart of each dead
and the one who escaped alive

and you, as though standing before yourself,
longing to be taken in—

know that whoever approaches
is the one you’ve been looking for all these years

Know you are given many chances,
as many as the seconds, the stars

Marilyn Krysl has published seven books of poetry, three of stories, work in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic and other journals, in Best American Short Stories 2000, O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She is former Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a founding editor of the literary journal Many Mountains Moving. She has taught ESL in the People's Republic of China, served as Artist in Residence at the Center for Human Caring in Denver, worked as a volunteer for Peace Brigade International in Sri Lanka, and volunteered at the Kalighat Home for the Destitute and Dying administered by Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity in Calcutta. She currently volunteers with Sudanese immigrants.









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