I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Sharon Olds is a former poet laureate of New York State. She is the author of twelve poetry collections, including Arias, which was published in 2019, and her work has been widely anthologized. She teaches creative writing at New York University.
I used my legs and heart as if I would
gladly use them up for this,
to touch him again in this life