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Ashbery: “The Skaters,” second typescript, page 25


Heads in hands, waterfall of simplicity.
The delta of living into everything.

The pump is busted. I shall have to have get it fixed.dele

Your knotted hair
Around your shoulders
A shawl the color of the spectrum

Like that marvelous thing you haven't learned yet.

To refuse the square hive,
                            postpone the highest...

The apples are all getting tinted
In the cool light of autumn.

The constellations are rising
In perfect order: Taurus, Leo, Gemini.

--John Ashbery