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The Hermit at Outermost House

Sky and sea, horizon-hinged
Tablets of blank blue, couldn’t,
Clapped shut, flatten this man out.
 
The great gods, Stone-Head, Claw-Foot
Winded by much rock-bumping
And claw-threat, realized that.
 
For what, then, had they endured
Dourly the long hots and colds,
Those old despots, if he sat
 
Laugh-shaken on his doorsill,
Backbone unbendable as
Timbers of his upright hut?
 
Hard gods were there, nothing else.
Still he thumbed out something else.
Thumbed no stony, horny pot,
 
But a certain meaning green.
He withstood them, that hermit.
Rock-face, crab-claw verged on green.
 
Gulls mulled in the greenest light.
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