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Rock and Keep
for Meghan Rose
by M.J. Iuppa
Not the saving of string, but
our child's game, a simple looping
of string on fingers, holds
my hands up in design.
Pick two strings, then pull:
your hands from mine and back again.
Like cats, we see for hours, in and out
of shadows, ordinary spaces
where we fit and rock and keep
passing this hand-made yarn,
this playing beyond the cradle.
First published in Yankee, and appears in full
length collection Night Traveler (Foothills