Roman Park, Noon

A weekly poem, read by the author.
April 15 1999 3:30 AM

Roman Park, Noon

To hear Karl Kirchwey read "Roman Park, Noon," click here.

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The water, gray-green like your eyes,
blabs on in the absolute stillness.

The needle and thread of an old woman
move through a flash of white cotton

as she mutters, "Men like to kill."
A sphinx nearby rolls a man's skull

under its paw, prismed with
clear spray, and a girl's mouth

forms a grainy "O" of surprise
at the satyr lurking behind some acanthus.

Straight-backed girls play in the shade,
their blouses immaculate.

Two police officers water their horses
at the fountain's scalloped terraces.

A young man with a book
writes down the old woman's remark,

and the idled carousel's proprietor
reads a newspaper.

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