Monday, November 9, 2020

Stuart Dybek / Chord


Illustration by Gale Hart

By Stuart Dybek

A man steps out of sunlight,
sunlight that streams like grace,

still gaping at blue sky
staked across the emptiness of space,

into a history where shadows
assume a human face.

A man slips into silence
that began as a cry,

still trailing music
although reduced to the sigh

of an accordion
as it folds into its case.
"Chord" from Streets in Their Own Ink (2004)  
Farrar Straus & Giroux, LLC.

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