In the upstairs hallway, complacent sunlight
Stings the walls with gold and translucent almond
Over Turkish runners betraying patterns
Faded with travel.
At their raveled edges, my daughter slumbers
In the room from which this lost sun arranges
Through a window high on an eastern sill of
Drapes and black lacquer.
Past the pillowcase where her blonde head swivels
In a dream of chocolate, or paint and horses,
I imagined rest on the gingham, but it
Proved only shadow…
Surely evening goes by this pitch and motion,
By the rasp of fans at the center ceiling,
And the purposes of an outside cypress
Hidden from hearing.
But again it’s day, in which dust turns static.
Almost blank of heart, I’ll descend the staircase
With a babbled tune on the landing like a
Passage to being.