Norman Dubie

The Mirror
January 12, 2012 Dubie Norman

The Mirror

—for Richard Howard


We dream of two dragons
conflicted in a wilderness.
It is only the spatial instance
of a luckless accidental order
that says “horse” rather than “house”
but also
says ‘horse’
rather than ‘aqueduct.’

These, all in the same moment,
spontaneous or
immeasurably meek.
As if under a cloak
of nearness or inevitability
like two suns become one.

It is not belief but
an attraction
to an experience we hunger after,
here and now, an almost
difference become common, beyond

If you have changed water to wine,
you will soon
turn wine into tears.

Norman Dubie’s newest collection of poems, Robert Schumann is Mad Again, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2019. His previous collection, The Quotations of Bone (Copper Canyon Press, 2015), won the 2016 Griffin International Poetry Prize. His most recent book of aphorisms, Lumen de Lumine (Paper Press Books, 2017), will be available this fall. He lives and teaches in Tempe, AZ.