Donald Justice Light Poems
- 1. The Tourist From Syracuse
One of those men who can be a car salesman or a tourist from Syracuse or a hired assassin.
-- John D. MacDonald
You would not recognize me.
- 2. American Sketches
CROSSING KANSAS BY TRAIN
The telephone poles
Have been holding their
- 3. Henry James At The Pacific
-- Coronado Beach, California, March, 1905
In a hotel room by the sea, the Master
Sits brooding on the continent he has crossed.
- 4. Villanelle At Sundown
Turn your head. Look. The light is turning yellow.
The river seems enriched thereby, not to say deepened.
Why this is, I'll never be able to tell you.
- 5. Extraits
The Man Closing Up,' from Night Light' (1967),
would make his bed,
If he could sleep on it.
- 6. Men At Thirty
Thirty today, I saw
The trees flare briefly like
The candles upon a cake
As the sun went down the sky,