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At the start, it goes like this -

One's childhood has a tremendous shape,

                                                                                 and moves like a wild animal

Through the deadfall and understory.

It's endlessly beautiful,

                                               elusive and on to something.

It hides out, but never disappears.

Later, the sacred places Delphi and Italy on us,

Flicking and flashing through the forest,

                                                                             half-seen, half-remembered.

And with them the woods itself,

Each tree, each interlude of marsh grass and beaver shade

Something to tug the sleeve with.

In the end, of course, one's a small dog

At night on the front porch,

                                                      barking into the darkness

At what he can't see, but smells, somehow, and is suspicious of.

Barking, poor thing, and barking,

With no one at home to call him in,

                                                                        with no one to turn the light on.

Pilgrim's Progress

Charles Wright

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