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Lines Composed on the Body Politic: An Accounting



by Rita Dove



Rita Dove. "Lines Composed on the Body Politic: An Accounting." Shakespeare's Sisters.  

Less than the charting of each dawn's resolutions,
less than each evening's trickle of doubt,
less than a crown's weight in silver, a diamond's                   
scratch against glass, less than the touted

 

ill luck of my rich beginnings -- and yet
more than Eve's silence, my mute ingratitude.
More than music's safe passage, its rapturous net,
more than this stockpile of words, their liquid solicitude;  

           

more desired than praise (the least-prized of my dreams),
less real than dreaming (castle keep for my sins),
more than no more, which seems
much less than hoped-for, again --

 

one mutiny, quelled; one wish lost, a forgotten treasure:
to live without scrutiny, beyond constant measure.

 
Rita Dove





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