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Wade in the Water: Poems Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith
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“History is a ship forever setting sail.”
Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems
“Is it strange to say love is a language
Few practice, but all, or near all speak?”
Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems
I am you, one day out of five,
Tired, empty, hating what I carry
But afraid to lay it down, stingy,
Angry, doing violence to others
By the sheer freight of my gloom,
Halfway home, wanting to stop, to quit
But keeping going mostly out of spite.

Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems
“She's like an island
Made of rock, with one lone tree at the top
Of the only mountain. She's like the sole
Incongruous goat tethered to the tree,
Smiling almost as you approach, scraping
The ground with its horns, and then--
Lickety split--lurching hard, daring
The rope to snap.”
Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems
“Is this love the trouble you promised?”
Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems
“Is this some enigmatic type of test? What if we
Fail? How and to whom do we address our appeal?”
Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems
“In the '70s, everything shone as bright as brass.”
Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems
“THE EVERLASTING SELF

Comes in from a downpour
Shaking water in every direction —
A collaborative condition:
Gathered, shed, spread, then
Forgotten, reabsorbed. Like love
From a lifetime ago, and mud
A dog has tracked across the floor.”
Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems