George Hitchcock

(2 June 1914 – 27 August 2010 / Hood River, Oregon)

George Hitchcock Poems

1. The One Whose Reproach I Cannot Evade 1/3/2003
2. Scattering Flowers 1/3/2003
3. Dawn 4/9/2012
4. Poem For Jean Varda 4/9/2012
5. Afternoon In The Canyon 4/9/2012
Best Poem of George Hitchcock

The One Whose Reproach I Cannot Evade

She sits in her glass garden
and awaits the guests -
The sailor with the blue tangerines
the fish clothed in languages
the dolphin with a revolver in its teeth.

Dusk enters from stage left:
its voice falls like dew on the arbor.
Tiny bells
sway in the catalpa tree.

What is it she hopes to catch in her net
of love? Petals? Conch-shells?
The night-moth? She does not speak.
Tonight, I tell her, no one comes;
you wait in vain.

Yet at eight precisely
the moon opens its theatric doors,
an arm rises from the fountain,
the music box, face...

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