Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Night Sky

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Night Sky

Article excerpt

In the book you've been reading

it's the end of the season.

The shades have been drawn

in that house by the lake,

and a woman is standing

alone on the porch. She thinks,

There's no sense pretending

I could have been happy here.

A few notes from a piano

fli-across the wate,

and you wd: if that isn't

mo is needes

how the music suggests

the idea of change

gathering in the distance.

But not for her. She'll return to her father, who drinks too much,

having failed as a doctor, thrn

as a farmer. She can see

him asleep in his chair

after dinner, small fire

in the grate, snow in the grade.

And on the table, the bills

to be paid. He'd be lost

in bitter without her,

which she understand. …

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