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Goodnight Irene.

 I think the tree is very much turned on I can feel its sticky sap
rising in my eyes Its sticky sap is in my eyes I do not think the tree
wishes it were dead I think the baby is very much turned on Look baby a
birdie in the tree Say bye-bye birdie now go out and get a job My job is
writing poems and reading them to a cloud I think the clouds are very
much turned on Apparently birds are very much turned on when they fly
through the clouds and come out shedding water from off their wings Even
when the earth was flat it was very much turned on I do not think the
earth wishes it were dead I do not think the baby wishes it were dead
either I think god was very much turned on when he set up his easel and
began painting the ether Anyone who looks can see the pinks and blues
are turned on I think Leadbelly was very much turned on I think Irene
was very much turned on When they looked at the painting they wanted to
leave the party together Is that a cloud? I think questions are very
much turned on That is why they go serpentine at the end I do not think
the questions wish they were dead I think the idea of a centillion is
very much turned on But there are darkables in a centillion questions As
when a dead face asks for a kiss Oh Oh the glorified chloroform of the
air And the trees and the little nest at the top of the leaves I think
the idea of leaving is pretty much turned on Why do you wish you were
dead? 


MARY RUEFLE'S latest book is The Most of It (Wave Books, 2008). Her Selected Poems is forthcoming.
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Title Annotation:six poems
Author:Ruefle, Mary
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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