The Last Poem To Be Written

“When, when & whenever
death closes our eyes”

still shall I behold her
smiling such brightness

lady of brightness &
the illumined heart

soft walker in my blood
snow color sea sound

track of the ermine
delicate in the snow

line of the sea wave
delicate on the sand

lady of all brightness
donna del mio cuor.

“Quanddocumquigitur nostros mors claudet ocellos”:
Propertius in the “Nox mihi candida.”

James Laughlin (1914-1997)