Evening Poetry, March 27

Alternatives

by Rachel Hadas

Our argument went walking down the street.

Fresh light bounced off the water:

a harbor was behind us, out of sight

except for those exuberant refractions,

morning’s hope and afternoon’s late ripeness

arm in arm. What time was it? Where were we?

I craned for street signs; could decipher nothing.

Radiant, rinsed, the slates beneath our feet

shone up at us, wet silver.

Was this the city where we’d always lived?

You can find this in Halfway Down the Hall.