“the horizon is lovely disguised with these

trees & brandy colored this evening it’s like

plain bread & water which when you have it

& are hungry tastes wonderfully delicious lift

the shade a bit more & put the book down &           

come to the window this will not be here

tomorrow arriving onto the shore from some

long journey & when you wake up the next

morning & find it isn’t quiet as lovely as you

imagined & you look around for a place to go

though there’s nowhere to go & you labor

with your raft to make a hut you look for

food you try & build a fire but fail  &

everything then seems unbeautiful &

cumbersome so you write little letters to no

one in particular & you try & regain your lost

sight though you can not find it & suddenly a

church bell ringing & your ears perk up & you

go running to see what the sound is though

you can not find anything & it is maddening

& you grow mad slowly over the course of a

few days looking for the bells which you

imagine you hear it’s unclear whether they

will find you the plane overhead you can

not hear the ship at sea you can not see the

radio burying deeper into the sand & you

dream always of the hour in which you

first came to this place my god though the

horizon is lovely come Crispin”

 

i did not look up

 

“if you will not come then there’s nothing

to save you”

 

 

VizsolyiM.A. Vizsolyi is the author of The Lamp with Wings: love sonnets, (HarperPerennial) winner of the National Poetry Series.  He is also the author of the chapbooks, Notes on Melancholia (Monk Books) and The Case of Jane: a verse play (500places press). He teaches writing at Goddard College.

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