Donald Justice Rain Poems
- 1. Bus Stop
Lights are burning
In quiet rooms
Where lives go on
- 2. A Dancer's Life
The lights in the theater fail. The long racks
Of costumes abandoned by the other dancers
Trouble Celeste. The conductor asks
If she is sad because autumn is coming on,
- 3. Sadness
Dear ghosts, dear presences, O my dear parents,
Why were you so sad on porches, whispering?
What great melancholies were loosed among our swings!
- 4. Variations On A Text By Vallejo
Me morirÃ© en Paris con aguacero ...
I will die in Miami in the sun,
On a day when the sun is very bright,
- 5. Banjo Dog Variations
Tramps on the road: floating clouds. OLD CHINESE POEM
- 6. Nostalgia Of The Lakefronts
Cities burn behind us; the lake glitters.
A tall loudspeaker is announcing prizes;
Another, by the lake, the times of cruises.
Childhood, once vast with terrors and surprises,