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When Lively

by Kevin T. McEneaney
Wed Jul 13th, 2016

When Lively

Conversation stamps a dance

without set pattern

although it will set patterns

improvised in the moment:

patterns of association

and linked ideas

moving like spears of sunlight.

or index of a book,

or diagram of a vault

that opens to wealth

the participants can’t imagine

because good conversation

remains a conception

like the kicking growth

of an abdomen pregnant

with a child who will

cry out with surprise at birth

in first conversation

with all who are present

at the sheer wonder

of what the human voice

can do.