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Reach out your hands to us.
Pulled apart too soon from our mother’s clasp,
We range in darkness—
Children in a foreign country.
Sometimes when it is dark,
You lend a native inflection
To your wonderful voice, conferring
Light and consolation on an anxious journey.
Migrant without destination and path,
We drift in dark expanses;
Will you graciously guide us
Until the big morning comes.

Published in the July/August 2023 issue: View Contents

Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), Evanescence: Selected Poems, Taking Residence, and A Writer’s Statements on Beauty: New & Selected Essays & Reviews (Shanti Arts, 2020, 2021, 2022). His poetry and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Chicago Quarterly Review, Commonweal, the Montréal Review, Poetry London, and Rattle.

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