Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Evenings in October

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Evenings in October

Article excerpt

It's the Schubert piece that does it . . .

tonight you are moved into the dark to come

where white roots are suddenly remembered,

growing beautifully out of soil walls of a cellar

gone half a century . . . white roots

like vague regrets, that perhaps in the end

hold you here . . . not exactly discontent.

Yet with the Serenade come undertones

of all the times you should have stayed still,

should have listened, or waited, or looked,

not kept acting and moving as though

you always had somewhere else to be.

Longing-one thing grown stronger

as you grow older-lingers without object . . .

like what's glacial but hardly perceived

at the far edge of night vision.

Beside framed faces of children in dusky light,

something of Schubert and Brahams

remains in the room-the piano near windows

unplayed until they visit, recital recordings,

tapes and CDs filed in drawers as protection

against loss of impromptu, ordinary joys.

Lamps off, you watch a pale rising

in the ink-blueing sky, see again how we used to gather

on large boulders still warm in the cooling dark

as the lake went violet-silver those summer nights. …

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