Author: Paul House

Poetry: The Lighted Window

Bundled away in rooms, sometimes joking,

Sometimes timid, but suppressed and tidy

Always, lies our disrespectful future.

It looks out between the cracks of shuttered

Windows as, ignorant and cold, we walk

The irregular streets between welcome,

Nondescript, even terrible buildings,

Searching through dirty drains and gutters

For a brilliant coin or so many pretty faces.

Then one night, by chance, we look up

Towards a still lighted window and catch

A glimpse of an ugly, ridiculous face

Carelessly staring back at us

With forgetful eyes, clutching a tangled map.

 

 





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Mandelstam and Mayakovsky •  The Lighted Window  •  Alone with the Years •  The Poet Tires •  Something there is •  La Madrugada •  Postcard of a Golden Retriever •  Poem For Anna •  Shellfish •  Miguel Hernandez •  At the Edge of the Ebro •  Gone •  Playing Cards •  That's Where I Belong •  An Abstract Perfection •  Pearls in a Glass