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Print Poetry March 26, 1998
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Wendell Berry
Collected Poems
1957-1982

Seventeen Years

They are here again,
the locusts I baited my line with
in the summer we married.
The light is filled
with the song the ground exhales
once in seventeen years.
And we are here with the wear
and the knowledge of those years,
understanding the song
of locusts no better than then,
knowing the future no more than they
who give themselves so long
to the dark. What can we say,
who grow older in love?
Marriage is not made
but in dark time, in the rhymes,
the returns of song,
that mark time's losses.
They open our eyes
to the dark, and we marry again.

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