Virgo: A Self-portrait and Two Poems
for forty years
the sheets of white paper have
passed under my hands and I have tried
to improve their peaceful
emptiness putting down
little curls little shafts
of letters words
little flames leaping
not one page
was less to me than fascinating
— from Forty Years by Mary Oliver, born September 10, 1935
I called softly so you could choose
not to answer—then called again.
You turned in the light, your eyes
seeking your name….
— From Happenstance by Rita Dove, born August 28, 1952
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