On the perfect roof, near a perfect ledge,
A small terra firma with a narrow edge,
No temporizing with last-minute balance,
No handhold, no foothold, no anchor, no ballast.
And once committed, once into the air,
No hovering, no kiting, no waiting there.
The polygonal street and the shining dark cars
Attacked at meters per second squared.
Once over, soon over: a thing done just once:
Like fireworks and New Years’ bells, fast and intense,
Quite finite, soon finished, thought long, slow begun,
And forgotten by others like the old year now done.
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- Cover of my novel, Patient Women!
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- THE GYM (after "The Raven")
- Poems in The Enchanting Verses Literary Review
- Victory in Harvard University Library!
- Please join me for a reading and talk in Brooklyn
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