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On the Terrace

Landis Everson
The lonely breakfast table starts the day,
an adjustment is made to understand
why the other chair is empty. The morning
beautiful and still to be, should woo me. Yet
the appetite is not shared, lost somewhere in memory.

How lucky the horizon is blue and needs
no handwriting on its emptiness. I am
written on thoroughly, a lost novel
found again. I remember the predictable plot too late,
realize the silly, sad urgency of moss.

Copyright © 2006 by Landis Everson. Reprinted from Everything Preserved: Poems 1955-2005 with the permission of Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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