People are Brave

Original Text: 
Natalee Caple, A More Tender Ocean (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2000): 54.
1People are brave
2I give up my heart
3I say to you that
4people are brave
5wherever there is blood
6and shadow
7unique dreams rise out
8of the quiet heads of infants
9and the thrust of love
10like a light through your heart
11like a face buried against your neck
12and a weight between your thighs
13a vision of nightshade
14a naked candle reflected in your pupils
15People are brave
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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