Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Foyer

(Stephane Mahe/Reuters)

What are the houses of the old?
Last vestibules we enter,
Small vastnesses. They smell of mold,
Of camphor, and of must,
And of necessity, their center
Cannot hold.
Moth-eaten are their rooms
Where merely breathing dooms
Us to incorporating dust,
And to the anterooms that take us in.
Penultimately cold,
We wait there to begin.

To Read the Full Story
Len Krisak is an American poet. He has taught at Brandeis, Northeastern University, and Stonehill College.

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