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Penelope Shuttle

Monday envies my books

sunning themselves on the shelf,

and my bedroom

patiently waiting for its hour to come,

and the stairs

knowing the things only stairs know


But Monday knows 

the two languages of the rose,

Monday is the pomegranate’s uncle,

cousin of the apricot,

sister to the apple,

Monday, bringing us all

the work we have always dreamed of doing


From Painted, Spoken No 15 (2007)