Winter 1991 • Vol. XIII No. 1 Poetry |

Fourth and Magnolia

Roused this afternoon by a phrase of oboemoving from my neighbor's windowacross the courtyard into mine, I imaginedthe light falling across the bed was a comforter of orange and silver satin; in a single breeze, I smelled honeysuckle, mown grass, wild onions. Last winter I spenthours painting trompe l'oeil shadows on the floor: at any given moment, I could conjure sunlight. Last winter. Driving the freeway, taking a bath, telling someone new my name, my job, and that, yes, a drink would be lovely—all the while I was composingletter after letter to you in my head.I can't remember how they went. AndI don't know why, tonight, I've returned to the park where a year ago we said good-bye.Soon, soon, a woman whispers to her children at the bus stop. Velvet the color of scarletand orange leaves flares from the stage; a rehearsal of Shakespeare-in-the-Park. The actor playing Othello mutters soliloquiesinto the dusk; how is it I find in him, and only in him, proof you and I w

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