Daniel Mark Epstein

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  ON A THEME OF D’ALIBRAY Such a fine day rides on the soft air, Laura, please pay heed to the new season, That laughs at the clear sky and sings of love: Spring is ...
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CURSES after Mellin de Saint-Gelais May the Lord make you a pauper, A homeless old man without An ear of corn in the barn, not A bottle of wine in the cellar. Until then, I pray ...
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HE MAKES HIS MARK for Nathaniel Back when only holy men could write, The farmer or squire who signed himself With the letter X, St. Andrew’s cross, Would bow and put his lips to it, Reverently, ...
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OMEGA All day long my watch has been stopping On me, every few hours, a good Omega Automatic chronometer, certified, Gold face and bezel, circa 1970, Self-winding. My father left it to me When he died, ...
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THE SUIT My grandfather, nineteen years of age, Falls from the pages of the unabridged Dictionary where I keep him pressed, A sepia print of him in his second suit, A double-breasted serge. The satin ...
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He was not a brawler, or vain, But came up in a time and class Where a youth of exceptional beauty Had to prove himself — man to man – Time and again. Nearsightedness Made ...
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The Pure Gift

On the hottest day that summer, a rainbow Arced over the clock-tower of the brick pile We call The Rotunda, a dying shopping mall With a wilting grocery, a druggist, a flower stall, A ...
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OBSESSION I study the hours on an heirloom watch, Precious hours marked with diamonds That scatter the sunlight over the room. Since you left, I am obsessed with time, Unsure if it is my enemy ...
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The scarlet torches of crape myrtle Crowd my window, kindled by the sun. Their thick foliage blocks my view Of all but the treetops and the sky. I enjoy the flower-clusters, and butterflies That visit ...