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Midwest Certainty by Eva Tysdahl
published in Volume 10, Issue 2 on September 21st, 2003

The country quiet is an orchestra
of crickets and owls.
We sit on top of your roof
gazing into the ripening corn, hovering above all we know of life.

The shingles fall away and
I am sitting beside a star;
my own private celestial being
that is humming and throbbing
with a dense rythm,
twisting and turning a delicate waltz
that slows everything down
to a hot summer crawl.

We melt like butter and pool like syrup
from the fervor of Midwest doggedness.
The dark surrounds us
bottomless
topless
side less
seamless
threatening to end it all;
we are saturated in the certainty.

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