Rachel Hadas

(1948 / New York City / United States)

Rachel Hadas Poems

1. Fleshly Answers 3/18/2014
2. Flying Home 3/18/2014
3. Pass It On, Iii 3/18/2014
4. Rag Rug 3/18/2014
5. Roadblock 3/18/2014
6. The Other Side 3/18/2014
7. The Last Movie 3/18/2014
8. Twelfth Birthday 3/18/2014
9. Dawn Dreams 3/18/2014
10. The Fall Of Troy 3/18/2014
11. The End Of Summer 3/18/2014
12. Summer Nights And Days 3/18/2014
13. The Chorus 3/18/2014

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The Chorus

A Greek I worked for once would always say
that tragedies which still appall and thrill
happen daily on a village scale.
Except that he put it the other way:
dark doings in the sleepiest small town
loom dire and histrionic as a play.
Cosmic? Perhaps. Unprecedented? Not
to the old women sitting in the sun,
the old men planted in cafes till noon
or midnight taking in the human scene,
connoisseurs of past-passing-and-to-come.
These watchers locate in their repertory
mythic fragments of some kindred story
and draw them ...

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