Monday, March 31, 2008

Poem for Monday, March 31, 2008

The Day and the Hour

by Fredric Koeppel

Someone comes to tell you the day and the hour
of your death. He sits in a chair and brushes
the dust of the road from his hat. You get him
a glass of cold water from the kitchen; he closes
his eyes as he drinks, slowly, beholden. He leans

forward and whispers a few words into your ear
and then turns toward the door. He stands on
the porch, looking out at the distance. Clouds
fill the hills with purple scrim, and he wonders
which will find him first, the rain or the fall of night.

Burke's Book Store
936 South Cooper
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 278-7484

No comments: