Night Music By Linda Gregg

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    [fieldset=Night Music by Linda Gregg (b. 1942)]She sits on the mountain that is her home
    and the landscapes slide away. One goes down
    and then up to the monastery. One drops away
    to a winnowing ring and a farmhouse where a girl
    and her mother are hanging the laundry.
    There’s a tiny port in the distance where
    the shore reaches the water. She is numb
    and clear because of the grieving in that world.
    She thinks of the bandits and soldiers who
    return to the places they have destroyed.
    Who plant trees and build walls and play music
    in the village square evening after evening,
    believing the mothers of the boys they killed
    and the women they raped will eventually come
    out of the white houses in their black dresses
    to sit with their children and the old.
    Will listen to the music with unreadable eyes. [/fieldset]

    “Night Music” by Linda Gregg. Copyright 2008 by Linda Gregg. Reprinted from All of It Singing with permission from Graywolf Press.

    Source: All of It Singing (Graywolf Press, 2008)
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