Winter 1985 • Vol. VII No. 1 Poetry |

Summer House

A rusted can opener, mouse droppings in the drawer, one closet containing a sweater, both elbows unraveling with colorless threads like divorce you heard about just before closing the other door, a voice on the telephone grimly calm, and though predictable, not expected, not what you meant to consider, Adidas up on the porch rail, the late sun bleeding through the meadow's defiant wildflowers. Well, what, alone should you expect at the end of the gravel road, gouged now with great black holes? Oh, you came prepared, time's bivouac of consumables: booze, Bovary, Barth, Updike and Doonesbury, the last. The car hunches, ticking still by the spruce. There's the village, its glass box to scream help to the blackened city, and those sleek asses of the young under wet, swinging hair, the grit where they dance as you did once. You could buy a beer, watch, read the weekly gazette's neat boxes: yard sales, obituaries, or try burying yourself in sleep. The last crow cal

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