Summer 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 3/4 Poetry |

Almost a Conversation

              From the German  1 Not for the world does the day dropinto your lap. You must open your eyes to it. Then what they readyou'll remember come evening. Morning, clouds, sun, a wind gust, two, three times in betweenplates and glasses, and really far too much said. What did you expect? Presents appearquite different: I take the day from my handsand put them, empty,on your forehead. You open the window and say:the day is over, lie down beside it. Do you want to? Not for the world. 2 The fronts of houses and a sky strewn with stars, their hands entwined, hardly distinguished themselves from the few pedestrians, and the bus going by practically empty.They spoke of their time,brimming and sudden,and of this fall day bursting with autumn fire. Tonight sleep will come easy they say, and no one has to leave anymore today. And, before letting go at the door, one turned to the other and to the night, both saying with the eyes only: stay, don

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