Grass-blades in the beak of the sparrow –
this life going on and on.
Night, and the standing waters furrow
the embankment stone.
Shadow of torch smoke
floats across the shore’s
abandoned wrack. Town-folk
in the plaza rise: a Virginia reel
and the relentless chorus
of a paddlewheel.
– after Montale
Steve Kronen lives in Miami. His new collection, Homage to Mistress Oppenheimer, will be published by Eyewear in March.
This article appears in the 03 Jan 2018 issue of the New Statesman, Young vs Old