Vespers

The towels rot and disgust me on this damp
peninsula where they invented mist
and drug abuse and taught the light to fade,
where my top-quality and rock-bottom heart
cried because I'll never get to kiss
your famous knees again in a room made
vague by throwing a scarf over a lamp.
Things get pretty radical in the dark:
the sailboats on the inlet sail away;
the provinces of actuality
crawl on the sea; the dusk now tenderly
ministers to the fallen parking lots—
the sunset instananeous on the fenders,
memory and peace . . . the grip of chaos . . .

Source: The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly (HaperCollins Publishers, 1995)
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