Un seul verre d’eau éclaire le monde Cocteau
Behind the wedding couple, a mirror harbours
Outside, from the verandah, the harbour mirrors
of city from sky, hills snug with houses
and a glass of water standing on the railing,
half empty or half full. In the failing
brightening buildings counterpoint the darkness,
down inside the glass, and the newly-weds,
seen from outside
joining hand to hand for the wedding reel,
glide under its meniscus, head over heels.
David Musgrave, "A Glass of Water" audio from Open Water, Audio CD, River Road Press, 2007; text from Phantom Limb, John Leonard Press, 2010: by permission of River Road Press and the poet. Copyright © 2007, 2010 by David Musgrave.
Source: Open Water (River Road Press, 2007)