Rain moving in

John Ashbery, from Rain Moving In

The blackboard is erased in the attic

And the wind turns up the light of the stars,

Sinewy now. Someone will find out, someone will know.

And if somewhere in this great planet

The truth is discovered, a patch of it, dried, glazed by the sun,

It will just hang on, in its own infamy, humility. No one

Will be better for it, but things can’t get any worse.

Just keep playing, mastering as you do the step

Into disorder this one meant. Don’t you see

It’s all we can do?

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