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Everywhere being nowhere,

who can prove

one place more than another?



We come back emptied,

to nourish and resist

the words of coming to rest:



birthplace, roofbeam, whitewash,

flagstone, hearth,

like unstacked iron weights



afloat among galaxies.

Still, was it thirty years ago

I read until first light



for the first time, to finish

The Return of the Native?

The corncrake in the aftergrass



verified himself, and I heard

roosters and dogs, the very same

as if he had written them.