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Night Watch

          For William Jay Smith


The heart I hear in bed tonight

Is mine—it frightens me

To hear my heart so clearly

It could stop at any time


Keep your ear to the ground

I was told without fear

Now I am hollowed for sound

And it is my heart I hear


Samuel Menashe



From The Niche Narrows: New
and Selected Poems,
House, Publishers, © 2000.
Reprinted by permission of the

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