Poetry

MAY 2016

 
Ruyblas13, Femme en déshabillé ( détails ), 2016

Ruyblas13Femme en déshabillé ( détails ), 2016

Newport

by JEREMY NATHAN MARKS

. . . that a lamp may be set to burn continually (Exodus 27:20)

A woman descending the stairs
passes beneath her transom window

Cut into cubes, her figure disperses
like sand across the bay.

Salted shingles, wooden gables and
streets of stone: this city is a mandala
of whalebone and oil.

Today it was also a lagoon.

Afterthought:

The pilot light has gone out
and these matches at the hole   
in the stove

Are two widows.