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Poem of the Day

Forwarded

John Ashbery

    It's coming on six o'clock
    again.
    The sun rehearses an elaborate
    little speech, strictly
    pro forma - no, wait -
    it's saying something, like
    Be glad it's over.
    We waited for you.
    I loved you,
    and these were the consequences:
    bright nights, lit sea,
    buttered roofs, dandelion breath.
    The dream of seeing it all.
 
    Next year let's live in harm's way,
    under the big top. Incongruous,
    blue will find us, and the sun.
 
    Like the growl of a friendly dog
    it backs up, shivers itself
    out of here...
 
    "Never heard...anymore."
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