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Rose Ausländer, from Mother Tongue: Selected Poems

I Am Holding Fast

Who has torn
the rainbow
from my field of vision

I tried to tie it fast
to seven words

My eyes are drowning
in the rain

I am holding fast
to the paper
this sheet of paper