Today's poem is by John A. Nieves


I know it is mythologically wrong,
but, in my eyes, the sun always rises
over the water and sets behind

the hills. Sometimes the hills are buildings,
but the water is always water, even
when it is land. Something wavers at the opening

but closes with an almost audible thud.
Night happens in the black
part of a fire—the little spot that has offered up

all its light but not its heat, and morning
is the cold, rigid face of a coin, shining
in spite of all those dirty thumbs.

Copyright © 2012 John A. Nieves All rights reserved
from the Southern Review
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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