Summer 1989 • Vol. XI No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1989 |

Early One Morning in the Teatro Romano

Morning in the Teatro Romano,               Verona spread like a tourist map Creased and refolded across the river,                  creased and refolded Under the piebald sunshade             streaming down from the Dolomites.Cypress blister the path's edge.         Slither of rock lizard, slither of stones. I put the day to my ear.           February sings in its shell. Gulls from the Adige          wheedle and turn above the bare trees. Next door, in the float pool, plants drift           and sun themselves on the water's roof. From the dark of their winter beds                the tube-roses moon. Happiness hums like a square,           it can't be scissored and rolled up: Step lightly here,         step lightly on the hands of the dead.

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Charles Wright’s most recent collection of poems is Bye-and-Bye (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and recently retired from the University of Virginia. Wright was named poet laureate of the United States in the summer of 2014.

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