163. - John Hollander (from Powers of Thirteen)
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Just the right number of letters — half the alphabet; Or the number of rows on this monument we both
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163. - John Hollander (from Powers of Thirteen)

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Just the right number of letters — half the alphabet;

Or the number of rows on this monument we both

Have to share in the building of. We start out each course

Now, of dressed stone, with something of me, ending where you

Handle the last block and leave something of you within

Or outside it. So we work and move toward a countdown,

Loving what we have done, what we have left to do. A

Long day's working makes us look up where we started from

And slowly to read down to the end, down to a base,

Not out, to some distant border, the terminal bland

Destructions at their ends that lines of time undergo,

Endings as of blocks of text, unlit by the late sun

Really underlie our lives when all is said and done.

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