Second Life

Accompanied
To the Campi Flegrei
By a shadow,
 
She listened to voices rise
From the darkness,
Then recede.
 
Instruments
Sustained them.
When one had finished
 
Others played.
False proportions
Sung boldly.
 
Rain on the roof tiles.
O selve, o campi.

James Longenbach, "Second Life" from Draft of a Letter. Copyright © 2007 by James Longenbach.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.
Source: Draft of a Letter (The University of Chicago Press, 2007)
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