The Evening Star
I boarded the Blue Line at Aquarium station.The only empty seat was the one by that young,Head back, eyes closed, exhausted-looking fatherHolding his sleeping child in his folded arms.It was already suppertime, and the Evening Star,As Sappho sings, was calling all of the creaturesHome to their mother, through the rush-hour traffic.The subway was coming out of the tunnel's mouthAnd I was sixty when I suddenly feltA tiny hand start pulling at my sleeve.In his sleep the child I never had was reachingOut for me, while the father I never becameKept his eyes shut. And all the way to my stopAt Orient Heights, nothing disturbed our dream.
Copyright © 2022 by George Kalogeris.
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission.
George Kalogeris’s most recent book of poems is Winthropos, (Louisiana State University, 2021). He is also the author of Guide to Greece (LSU), a book of paired poems in translation, Dialogos, and poems based on the notebooks of Albert Camus, Camus: Carnets. His poems and translations have been anthologized in Joining Music with Reason, chosen by Christopher Ricks (Waywiser, 2010). He is the winner of the James Dickey Poetry Prize.
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