Today's poem is by Randall Mann

The Sunset

Fog, like reason, settles on the peeling district.
This is the new money. The new economy.
Where my lover lives. When I left him,
I left books, coats, silverware. Things.
It wasn't charity; it was an impure,
commonplace case of forgetting. (May he find some use

for my low-rent betrayals.) Land ends
with miles of aloe along the Great Highway.
Surfers strip off their suits, half-naked
to the naked sea. The sand's ignored
these are the notes of the drowned.

Copyright © 2007 Randall Mann All rights reserved
from Pleiades
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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