Mark Strand – For Her

                                                                                                                                      Photo by Lina Scheynius

Let it be anywhere

on any night you wish,

in your room that is empty and dark

or down the street

or at those dim frontiers

you barely see, barely dream of.

You will not feel desire,

nothing will warn you,

no sudden wind, no stillness of air.

She will appear,

looking like someone you knew:

the friend who wasted her life,

the girl who sat under the palm tree.

Her bracelets will glitter,

becoming the lights

of a village you turned from years ago.

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