Do the words get old too
like all the things they are used for
which they follow trying
to keep in step with
to be the names of
to say what they are

shadows of wheat
in the waving wheat
a note waiting to be played
the small figure
appearing at last in the eyes
of statues
light moving over one face
the words grow old without
speaking of such things
when they are there

only later
when they themselves are older
they start after
in another time

and what can they tell of age
they that grow older themselves
they that were always
older beyond knowing
when they say youth
where is it each time

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June 15, 2000