MARGO BERDESHEVSKY for Paula and William Merwin Alive while one more island friend heads sky ward with thinned wings—her ber eft may ask who is her ragged Virgil now, or who is his says his own tomb will read: Valley S —b pirlin it d seer solo in his garden now, held his late wife ’s hand, he’s certain, were they asleep, was the hand warm, and then metal chill, what ill wind wore the cape o f care? Come, she will . Yet, a garden. Come, it may. Come it will. —Alive, while she headed for skies with ra gged wings. I was married once on such a winter -still day of Ides. Now solo in verdigris, seeding the sun Now husbands alone in their gardens Now wiv es in their skies or beds I—on the banks of r ivers and mirrors. Now, an elder perched in the un-wo rded un-nameable rubble of his once marriage b ed in bombed Aleppo lists to music truer than my words. Now, the Fascists have come to power sle ekly as the river rats. Will there be an April? Co me she will. Alive while blood-suns lower where they swim— 13
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 10, 2019
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