Niagara by Leonard Nathan

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Leonard Nathan, courtesy of Wikipedia / Andrew Nathan

Looking into the Falls, I heard it sing:
Marriage, marriage, one life always,
Beginning to end in simple water music.
And I thought, by you, this isn’t music for men,
Who are always bespoken in two places at once,
Who partially stand in the middle of great music
Distracted by distance. I put myself in this poem
With you and with marrying waters, and look at me — still
A little apart, wishing for one whole life
But singing this far-off solo right
In the face of the music, as though it could solve me.


Source:  Leonard Nathan. Returning Your Call: Poems. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975.

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