Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday Poem: "Memory of a poem by August Kleinzahler" by Anna Livesey

There were two people (one in a blue dress).
They stood outside the ring the crowd made

around some spectacle

and spoke to each other.

It is not in the poem, but I think she folded her hands

in the skirt of her blue dress,

running the fabric between her fingers.

l think he touched her wrist, bare and white

in the light reflected from the spectacle.

They were behind the backs of several thousand people,

none of whom noticed them. Her wrist

looked very fine as it rose from the blue material.

Seeing the wrist, he was sorry for what he had said.

He said something else to her instead and she replied, quietly.

They made a small crowd of their own.

by Anna Livesey

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