It takes so little, so infinitely little, for a person to cross the border beyond which everything loses meaning: love, convictions, faith, history. Human life, and herein lies its secret, takes place in the immediate proximity of that border, even in direct contact with it; it is not miles away, but a fraction of an inch.
Your voice, with clear location of June days, Then your love looked as simple and entire And your gay gift—Oh when I saw it fall
Called me outside the window. You were there,
Light yet composed, as in the just soft stare
Of uncontested summer all things raise
Plainly their seeming into seamless air.
As that picked pear you tossed me, and your face
As legible as pearskin’s fleck and trace,
Which promise always wine, by mottled fire
More fatal fleshed than ever human grace.
Into my hands, through all that naïve light,
It seemed as blessed with truth and new delight
As must have been the first great gift of all.
Your voice, with clear location of June days,
Then your love looked as simple and entire
And your gay gift—Oh when I saw it fall
June Light by Richard Wilbur
Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like
Flying at Night by Ted Kooser.
I’ve been meaning to tell I remember the desperate Without you here I’m viciously lonely.
you how the sky is pink
here sometimes like the roof
of a mouth that’s about to chomp
down on the crooked steel teeth
of the city,
things we did and that I stumble
down sidewalks listening
to the buzz of street lamps
at dusk and the crush
of leaves on the pavement,
I’ve been meaning to tell
I remember the desperate
Without you here I’m viciously lonely.
Boston by Aaron Smith