Treasure Island

Mona Van Duyn

(1921-2004 / United States)

Poems of Mona Van Duyn

1. A Relative and an Absolute 4/19/2010
2. Death by Aesthetics 4/19/2010
3. Earth Tremors Felt in Missouri 1/20/2003
4. from Endings 1/20/2003
5. Letters from a Father 1/20/2003

from Endings

Setting the V.C.R. when we go to bed
to record a night owl movie, some charmer we missed
we always allow, for unprogrammed unforeseen,
an extra half hour. (Night gods of the small screen
are ruthless with watchers trapped in their piety.)
We watch next evening, and having slowly found
the start of the film, meet the minors and leads,
enter their time and place, their wills and needs,
hear in our chests the click of empathy's padlock,

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