REX WILDER's poems have appeared in Times Literary Supplement, The Yale Review and Barrow Street.
SÉVERINE AT THE ALBERGO RISTORANTE ABOVE LAKE COMO
An early shower the morning after a storm
And a desperate craving for coffee on the terrace.
Vapors rising from the brilliant lake's surface.
The iron slatted chairs still wet where the wind
Blew in the rain from the west. No waiters anywhere.
The earth writing me down like a journal entry,
Trying to fit me in before I'm out. Me, unbearably
Happy. To love well, I tell Thirst, my companion,
Is to live in mourning for the living. Why bother
With sunrise if not to put the darkness behind us,
To lavish attention on what wakes up, too?