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This poem was featured on Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry."

from New England Primer
by Bruce Guernsey


How must it be
to be moss,
that slipcover of rocks?

greening in the dark,
longing for north,
the silence
of birds gone south.

How does moss do it,
all day
in a dank place
and never a cough?

a wet dust
where light fails,
where the chisel
cut the name.

image by Victoria Woollen-Danner

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