Variations Again Ours

When it first appeared in Double Going the first line of “An Abiding” by Richard Foerster was the beginning of a long apostrophe to the stricken one.

The day the x-ray showed your lung ghost-laced

When the poem reappears in a slightly different incarnation in The Burning of Troy, all the lines remain the same, except for the keystone first line which switches the addressee

The day the x-ray showed his lung ghost-laced

What does not change from version to version is the “we” the reader is invited to identify with.

And so for day 1491

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