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Carol Ann Duffy

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Light gatherer. You fell from a star
into my lap, the soft lamp at the bedside
mirrored in you,
and now you shine like a snowgirl,
a buttercup under a chin, the wide blue yonder
you squeal at and fly in.
The Light Gatherer, from Feminine Gospels (2002)

Carol Ann Duffy

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