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Of that text rain is the great speaker,

from whom hush humbly

repeats its early lessons & over

again at the gray porch, the steps

I approach in all the weathers

that turn, as they do, to rain.

A stray mind in multiples of

nuance rides the distance

home for a word where it's warm,

& where welcome prepares of itself

a leafy soup dipped after grace into bowls.

Rain fills the bowls, rain

seats me there.

Rain sings scat over the car

radio tune I accompany

with a new lyric or two. The farther

away I start from the better

to introduce you with my dear the

wolf said; I knew him then &

there & now: those syllables.

Martha Zweig

"Revisitor' first appeared in The Bellingham Review and is collected in What Kind, Wesleyan University Press, 2003.