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It took a long time but
you were at the museum.
Maybe you thought you were more
or less impermeable, I don’t know,
and who would blame you,
you need to contain, to maintain
integrity, just walking around
like that. You did walk around
in the museum, and the question
kept itself inside the whole time
(but inside what?) until you left,
went back out into it again.
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But I do miss the hymns, / the small, hard apples with their dimpled skin. I do miss / things.
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