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Albert Haley (bio)

is like unto life itself,
any old mystic
tucked up in a bell tower
praying with chapped lips
and shuttered eyes can affirm

the sweet necessity to reach
out in order to be grasped by
something greater so as to
bind the pages of our days
together, the real power
coming from fashioned

curves and redirections, not
brute strength, the gentle tensed
kisses that keep all of us
from flying off the desk, the shelf,
becoming lost in the shuffle,

separated from one another
and blown into the valley below.

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