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Daily Horoscope (excerpt)

Dana Gioia

4. Beware of things in duplicate...

Beware of things in duplicate:
a set of knives, the cufflinks in a drawer,
the dice, the pair of Queens, the eyes
of someone sitting next to you.
Attend that empty minute in the evening
when looking at the clock, you see
its hands are fixed on the same hour
you noticed at your morning coffee.
These are the moments to beware
when there is nothing so familiar
or so close that it cannot betray you:
a twin, an extra key, an echo,
your own reflection in the glass.

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"Daily Horoscope" (excerpt) from Daily Horoscope by Dana Gioia. Copyright © 1986. Reprinted with the permission of Graywolf Press.


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