Lake Como by Nicholas Christopher 英语诗歌

·  欧洲网 日期:2017年10月10日_2017-10-10

Lake Como  by Nicholas Christopher 英语诗歌

by Nicholas Christopher


    The searchlight of a February moon


    at the end of the street


    bare trees black railing


    an eastern star set like a pearl atop a steeple


    that shadows the doorway


    where the one-armed card shark squats


    shuffling his deck on a milk crate


    waiting for the No. 6 bus to discharge


    the off-duty cop the seamstress


    the drunken mechanic and the clerk on crutches


    who pauses before his building to watch


    the mechanic lose three dollars at blackjack


    and then stiffly ascends the five flights


    to his two rooms on a shaftway


    hanging his coat on a hook


    and sitting down at the table


    on which this morning he placed


    a soup bowl and spoon


    a tin of crackers and the crossword


    puzzle he had been laboring over


    beneath the gaze of his late wife


    her color photograph propped up in a small frame


    a young woman in a boxy dress and felt cap


    waving shyly by the edge of a lake


    where over her shoulder beneath a clear sky


    a sailboat rides the wind


    passengers on the polished deck


    gazing at the glowing mountain peaks


    the cypresses lining the shore


    and the pink palazzi with ancient gardens


    these men and women in white


    who seem to live upon the water


    gliding among themselves oblivious to strife


    and all else that wears a body down


    some sipping from crystal goblets


    others just drinking in the light