Dorianne Laux

Evening

Moonlight pours down
without mercy, no matter
how many have perished
beneath the trees.

The river rolls on.

There will always be
silence, no matter
how long someone
has wept against
the side of a house,
bare forearms pressed
to the shingles. 

Everything ends.
Even pain, even sorrow. 

The swans drift on.

Reeds bear the weight
of their feathery heads.
Pebbles grow smaller,
smoother beneath night’s
rough currents.  We walk

long distances, carting
our bags, our packages.
Burdens or gifts. 

We know the land
is disappearing beneath
the sea, islands swallowed
like prehistoric fish. 

We know we are doomed,
done for, damned, and still
the light reaches us, falls
on our shoulders even now,

even here where the moon is
hidden from us, even though
the stars are so far away.  

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