Mark StrandSo you’ve come to me now without knowing why.
Nor why you sit in the ruby plush of an ugly chair, the sly
Revealing angle of light turning your hair a silver gray;
Nor why you have chosen this moment to set the writing of years
Against the writing of nothing; you who narrowed your eyes,
Peering into the polished air of the hallway mirror, and said
You were mine, all mine; who begged me to write, but always
Of course to you, without ever saying what it was for;
Who used to whisper in my ear only the things
You wanted to hear; who comes to me now and says
That it’s late, that the trees are bending under the wind,
That night will fall; as if there were something
You wanted to know, but for years had forgotten to ask,
Something to do with sunlight slanting over a table
And chair, an arm rising, a face turning, and far
In the distance a car disappearing over the hill.


“To Himself” by Mark Strand.

For those who are in Washington, DC: Mark Strand will be giving a seminar and reading tonight at 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM in Copley Formal Lounge at Georgetown University.

For those who are interested, I’ve posted other works of Strand’s here: Mirror and Ever So Many Hundred Years Hence.