Nuestra Señora

She cannot renew the day
without his cloudiness of glower
She cannot abide coiled without
his prudent appraisal of joy
She cannot revive her doubt
without his hasty precision
and clipped verities
She binds without disguise
what he avers twice
—she unfolds unlike truth and honey—
and at least she will be
inglorious
but never a beggar
doubled by a queen

She gives and hinders
careless of stones
She occurs without limit
groundless and late

She takes in and talks out
She upholds her descent
and conserves her heart
without moderation

She cannot bury or
narrow his conceits
She cannot certify or
deny his reconciliations
But she will always disbelieve
his hidden stillness and
her lamplit recompense
She often revisits
his thickset robberies
—she will mistake less than he seizes—
and at least she will be
uproarious
but never a beggar
doubled by a queen

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copyright © 2010 lcmt

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