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Poetry: Natural History

 

At this festive time of year,
who will remember the children,
born too quietly, who grow,
unnoticed, among us, motionless,
giving neither trouble, nor joy:
soft-eyed, soft-skinned children,
transparent, flesh hinting at
traces of blue vein;
obedient children, who never
answer back -- who never
answer, at all.

You have not seen them.
Look around you:  they are here.
Unchaperoned and unremarked,
they settle among us like
cool November, a peripheral gleam,
almost seen, not quite forgotten.

Remember, now, the creatures
of neither Creator, who never,
quite, exist, and yet are here, among us.

At this, festive, time of year,
do not forget their unresponding
eyes, or their dreamless,
winter vision.  They are here,
among us, and they are aware of
our passing. 
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