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FOR GALE PRAWDA


                DEAR GALE,

                is it not appropriate

                that your birthday
                should be the exact
                day when I am told

                I'm eligible for the vaccine?
                is it not the world's luck (your birthday)
                matched with my luck (vaccine)
                that accounts for it--
                the sudden meeting

                of two planets in the vast sky,
                a strange encounter on a bus
                with someone you have not seen

                for forty-five years.
                all these things spell spirit
                just as einstein's perception
                that matter could

                under certain circumstances
                be identical
                to energy
                spells spirit:

                spirit rising
                to tell us that everything on the earth
                is nothing less than everything else
                that we inhabit

                no cold, dry, unfamiliar void of a planet
                but that we live
                in endless,
                sudden

                activity,
                that spirit,
                the perception that these things are the same,
                is the very air we breathe

                until
                we vanish.
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