The way the low desert opens up under small eyes
takes me by surprise each time.

No foliage, trees or fences to stop the eye
         from speeding into infinity.

Such clarity is terrifying,

I yearn for forests,
an ocean green and liquidy,
         the eye seduced at every turn by what is hidden,

like the sudden glut of yellow poppies on a coastal hill.

Alyce Miller
Copyright © 2001

Copyright © 2001 Richard Baumgart

Alyce Miller is the author of two books of fiction, The Nature of Longing, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and a novel, Stopping for Green Lights. Her poems, essays, and short fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Forthcoming work will appear this year in Massachusetts Review, River Styx, Puerto del Sol, Southwest Review, Other Voices, and Story Quarterly.

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