Night Thoughts

After the jostling on canal streets
and the orchids blowing in the window   
I work in cut glass and majolica
and hear the plectrum of the angels.

My thoughts keep dwelling on the littoral   
where china clocks tick in the cold shells   
and the weeds slide in the equinox.

The night is cold for love,   
a chamber for the chorus
and the antistrophe of the sealight.


Carl Rakosi, “Night Thoughts” from The Collected Poems of Carl Rakosi (Orono: The National Poetry Foundation, 1986). Used with the permission of Marilyn J. Kane.
Source: The Collected Poems of Carl Rakosi (National Poetry Foundation, 1986)
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