Birthday of Hayden Carruth

August 3, the birthday of Hayden Carruth in 1921.

I could take

two leaves

   and give you one.

Would that not be

a kind of perfection?

But I prefer

one leaf

   torn to give you half


(after these years, simply)

love’s complexity in an act,

   the tearing and

      the unique edges—

one leaf (one word) from the two

imperfections that match.

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