February 12, 2016
Mr J sat reading by the window in his tower
when he noticed seven storeys down
near the edge where the grass slopes
off the yellow-leaved escarpment
a young man in blue blazer and beige pants
and a young woman in brown jacket and blue jeans
not the kind you find on page 90
but kisses that were whole conversations
in the high afternoon haze.
Stephen Dedalus spoke from the book:
“A day of dappled seaborne clouds....
The phrase and the day and the scene
harmonized in a chord.”
But Mr J would not agree
until the lovers had gone.
David Haskins is the author of Reclamation (Borealis Press, 1980) and This House is Condemned (Wolsak & Wynn, 2013), as well as numerous contributions to journals and anthologies.