PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker and elsewhere. Rafts (Parsifal Editions) is his most recent collection. Family of Man (Pavement Saw Press) is scheduled for Fall 2009. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website.


Between my Hands

Between my hands and you are preening
as stones learn to do though these waves
mispronounce your name, not sure
they're shaking off the snow

or sunlight—you are floating
and toward the sun itself
a gentleness almost white
softer than falling

and the dawn that looked so close
—you smooth yourself, getting ready
—look into the wind
that comes from nowhere

blown apart years ago

—I'm holding you up, up and the stillness
as if you were in my hands
and my hands too are missing.

Sculpture by Pierre-Auguste Rodin