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Walking like a Waterspider

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KELLER CUSHING FREEMAN

Keller Cushing Freeman is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in such journals as Carolina Quarterly, Kenyon Review, and Radcliffe Quarterly. She is also the co-author of Shadow of Suribachi: Raising the Flags on Iwo Jima.

She has taught history and philosophy at Furman University, Clemson University (in Greenville), Greenville Technical College, and Greenville Museum Art School.

A resident of Greenville, South Carolina, for more than forty years, she helped to establish and to sustain the Emrys Foundation.


Groundtime

When the heart breaks
down, it’s like that handpump
rusting in the backyard at the Clayton farm.
You can pump all you want,
but it won’t draw water from the ground.

We say goodby on Concourse C.
Other people hurry past us,
coming and going, meeting
and leaving. You hesitate,
set down your briefcase, transfer
overcoat to left arm, reach
out your right hand to me. I pull
my left hand free of its black glove,
not thinking at the time the left
connects directly to the heart.
We touch, register
a small mutual shock: You,
that my hand could be so cold; I,
that yours was still so warm.

—Copyright 1996 Keller Cushing Freeman

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