Magazine | November 12, 2018, Issue

Poetry

YOUNG, AND YET A RELIC

I try to learn the prose
     of life, but my slavish
Reproduction of its speech
     is wooden; lavish
Praise born of compassionate
     searching is all
I understand. Shall I compare
     thee? Yes.
I liken you to love you,
     to believe the loveliness
Your nakedness displays
     might be proved
By some revealing counterpart,
     might be true.
With metaphors and
     allusions, I feel for you.

Rex Wilder — Rex Wilder's work has appeared in Poetry, the TLS, the Yale Review, and the Nation. He is a former editorial assistant for Poetry.

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