Howard Moss

Howard Moss Poems

1. Another Life 4/19/2016
2. Chekhov 4/19/2016
3. Einstein's Bathrobe 4/19/2016
4. Four Birds 4/19/2016
5. Jane 4/19/2016
6. The Lie 4/19/2016
7. New Hampshire 4/19/2016
8. Notes from the Castle 4/19/2016
9. Painting A Wave 4/19/2016
10. Particular Beauties 4/19/2016
11. Piano Practice 4/19/2016
12. Someone 4/19/2016
13. The Truth About Love 4/19/2016
14. Where the Castle Is 4/19/2016
15. A Swimmer in the Air 1/3/2018
16. Piano Practice 1/3/2018
17. Water Island 11/24/2014

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Water Island

To the memory of a friend,
drowned off Water Island, April, 1960
Finally, from your house, there is no view;
The bay's blind mirror shattered over you
And Patchogue took your body like a log
The wind rolled up to shore. The senseless drowned
Have faces nobody would care to see,
But water loves those gradual erasures
Of flesh and shoreline, greenery and glass,
And you belonged to water, it to you,
Having built, on a hillock, above the bay,
Your house, the bay giving you reason to,
Where now, if seasons still are ...

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Another Life

There might be the quibble of birds and the swag
Of a river and a distantly belled
Altar of animals, softly spoken;
Certainly cattail, sumac, and fern
Would rise from the marshes nearby, revealed
In forms too perfect to envy trees—
Not trying for larger and larger keepsakes.

Cryptic and subtle green, hedgerows

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