Many Lives

by Alicia Ostriker

Many lives said the old woman
the grains of sand add up
I have been a housefly and a queen

The grains of sand add up
to nothing said the lovely tulip
unless love waters them

Do you even know what love is
said the dog and are you sure
the grains of sand add up

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Winter Writer's Conference 2015

Atlantic Center for the Arts
Jan 4-10, 2015

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