With apparent forethought
and generous attention to margins
and spines, some resourceful bookbinder
has pasted The Night Watch into place.
But it’s hard to say
pasted without underestimating
a toothpick’s precise caulking,
or tailors who stitch invisible hems
or bricklayers who forgive the bricks
for their lazy adhesion and easy stacking.
Whatever mistake the printer admits to,
the cover-up is as flawless
as the captain’s fingernails blended
into the lattice of his outstretched hand.
Silent, satin glue holds the replica
as honestly as the watchman holds
his lance, as secretly as the golden girl
hangs her chicken by its claws.
Amy Nawrocki is the author of five collections of poetry, including Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. Her most recent work is The Comet's Tail: A Memoir of No Memory published by Little Bound Books. She teaches English at the University of Bridgeport and lives in Hamden, Connecticut. Visit her at http://amynawrocki.org.
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