Mark Doty Poems
|2.||Heaven For Stanley||12/8/2014|
|4.||Brian Age Seven||9/4/2011|
|7.||To Bessie Drennan||1/3/2003|
|12.||Long Point Light||1/3/2003|
|13.||A Green Crab's Shell||1/20/2003|
|14.||At The Gym||1/20/2003|
|17.||The Ancient World||1/3/2003|
|18.||A Display Of Mackerel||1/13/2003|
You weren't well or really ill yet either;
just a little tired, your handsomeness
tinged by grief or anticipation, which brought
to your face a thoughtful, deepening grace.
I didn't for a moment doubt you were dead.
I knew that to be true still, even in the dream.
You'd been out--at work maybe?--
having a good day, almost energetic.
We seemed to be moving from some old house
where we'd lived, boxes everywhere, things
in disarray: that was the story of my dream,
but even asleep I was shocked out of the narrative
by your face, the physical fact of ...
Because the road to our house
is a back road, meadowlands punctuated
by gravel quarry and lumberyard,
there are unexpected travelers
some nights on our way home from work.
Once, on the lawn of the Tool
and Die Company, a swan;
the word doesn't convey the shock