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Lawrence Earl

 

among Roman numerals


look into history
examine great events
you will not find
this moment

it drops through dates
untouched

like radio-light
through quartz

nor will you notice
two inclined against
a column

each balancing
a tricorn
from the commedia dell’arte

One pulling on a cigarette
the other smoothing a hem

There is no need for
conversation.

In the mayhem
that surrounds them
they are unconcerned

‘like figures in a dream’
you’d say

and forget
that we are they.

-unpublished, from The Magnoliad