woensdag, november 13, 2002

Poem Of The Day

X Minus X

Even when your friend, the radio, is still; even when her dream,
the magazine, is finished; even when his life, the ticker, is
silent; even when their destiny, the boulevard, is bare;
And after that paradise, the dance-hall, is closed; after that the-
ater, the clinic, is dark,

Still there will be your desire, and hers, and his hopes and theirs,
Your laughter, their laughter,
Your curse and his curse, her reward and their reward, their
dismay and his dismay and her dismay and yours--

Even when your enemy, the collector, is dead; even when your
counsellor, the salesman is sleeping; even when your
sweetheart, the movie queen, has spoken; even when your
friend, the magnate, is gone.

Kenneth Fearing

fr. *New and Selected Poems*
[Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1956]

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