Dignity, by David Ignatow

Rocks jut out of the sea

and ships maneuver

to avoid them. One

sails steadfastly through,

fighting off an undertow,

and the rocks have dignity

they lacked before.

From "At My Ease" by David Ignatow, edited by Virginia R. Terris (BOA Editions: 136 pp., $13.50)

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