Balcony Scene

By Jameson Fitzpatrick Jameson Fitzpatrick
Up — or out? — here:
a problem of preposition,

my uneasy relation
with the world. Whether I’m

above it or apart. On the other side
of the latched glass door, a man

loves me. Worries. Calls my name.


Where — for art — thou-
sands of windows go dark

in slow succession. On Essex
and Ludlow and Orchard.

A thousand times goodnight.


A boy throwing stones at a window.
Right window, wrong boy.


Love goes toward love — 

And the place death, down there

waving its white kerchief —

Source: Poetry (June 2014).


This poem originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

June 2014
 Jameson  Fitzpatrick


Jameson Fitzpatrick is the author of the chapbook Morrisroe: Erasures (89plus/LUMA Publications). He holds a BA and an MFA from New York University.

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SUBJECT Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated, Unrequited Love, Relationships

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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