Summer 1984 • Vol. VI No. 3 Voices in American Poetry |

Night on the Nile

Steep central among the bridgesas if in the sternum of a vast ribcage, the viewfrom my window is peril-lessand perfect: a strategemof lights that blacken the sky. The city is lit, laid out, and stilllike a jeweled pharaohin the tomb of night.There are neon talismans,bandaged roads, and linen-wrapped girdersbehind which small, grimy beingswork at the testimonies of decay. When a gold satellitefloats across the zenith at 10:00 P.M.,it is the single thoughtin the mind of a boy God,a single mayfly of misgiving.

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Poet, essayist, and naturalist, Diane Ackerman is the author of two dozen highly acclaimed works of nonfiction and poetry, including The Zookeeper's Wife and A Natural History of the Senses.

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