How deeper than elsewhere the dusk is in your own yard.
Birds fly back and forth across the lawn
looking for home
As night drifts up like a little boat.
Day after day, I become of less use to myself.
Like this mockingbird,
I lift from one thing to the next.
What do I have to look forward to at fifty-four?
Tomorrow is dark.
Day after tomorrow is darker still.
The sky dogs are whimpering.
Fireflies are dragging in the hush of evening
up from the damp grass.
Into the world's tumult, into the chaos of every day,
Go quietly, quietly.