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The Leaf

Elizabeth Kirschner

Divining time, I take in
a silence which is
a hundred miles long.

Minute by minute, I watch
the sky become pure
in the clear evening light.

Vastness cures
the insane angel inside me
while I unfurl, the only leaf
to open in early autumn.

Falling, soon I will fall,
wind-tousled, juiced
by light.

What joy to be aloft
for a while before
I vanish into
the sublimities of being
no one at all.
Elizabeth Kirschner
has published three volumes of poetry all with Carnegie Mellon. Her work has appeared widely both nationally and internationally. She has also set her own poetry, not a translation, to Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe, which had its world premiere in Vienna last fall, followed by an American premiere in Boston. The work was recorded at Jordan Hall with soprano Jean Danton and pianist Thomas Stumpf and a CD is forthcoming.