POETRY

One Another

By

What current between us
touches abandoned days
to the present of yes?

Your face on the pillow
rapt in a distant glow
of self-loss, undertow,

drawn out deeper than love—
how will the days evolve,
the evenings believe

that what we are, we may
be without asking why,
given without a way.

As you are. That's how I
would have you be
if I had any say.

David Mason’s books of poems include The Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, and Arrivals. His verse novel, Ludlow, was also featured on the PBS News Hour. Author of a collection of essays, The Poetry of Life and the Life of Poetry, he published a memoir, News from the Village, in 2010. A new collection of essays, Two Minds of a Western Poet, followed in 2011. Mason has also written the libretti for composer Lori Laitman’s opera of The Scarlet Letter, her operatic adaptation of Ludlow, and her oratorio, Vedem. In addition, he has edited or co-edited several anthologies and textbooks. He serves as Poet Laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014.

What current between us
touches abandoned days
to the present of yes?

Your face on the pillow
rapt in a distant glow
of self-loss, undertow,