Magazine | September 30, 2013, Issue

Poetry

OCTOBER

Deep woods Down East, we’re cabined, cribbed, confined,

And bedded down. Up through an oculus,

The wiry asters glint — and wink, though they are blind.

All day, the rifle shots have shaken us

With their reports; their distant echoes, once

So like the pock of butting boxcars, all

Have joined the stillness; now we do not wince,

But concentrate our focus on the sprawl

Of firmament that’s sparged above our heads.

The woodstove that submits its mite of heat

To warm us in our heavily swaddled beds

Gives up at last. Then prostrate in defeat

Ourselves, we shut our eyes on night and stars,

On dying fire and sky, till sleep is ours.

Len Krisak is an American poet. He has taught at Brandeis, Northeastern University, and Stonehill College.

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