So how will it end?
You want it straight?
He looked me in the eye:
You will lose weight,
Become more and more tired.
This kind will not enter your bones or brain.
I stared at him, ravished.
Could not pluck my eyes from his old man face.
Later the cuneiform earth
Skimmed in snow
Inviolate bones
Torn ligament of language.
A skeletal beauty
Stars still uncover.
Come dawn a young doctor
In reddening shirt sleeves,
His voice quick, prickly undersong—
No grandeur here,
Just breath assuaging its own battery.
Flash of sempiternal spring?
A bus ride, M98 jolting along Lex
Under the El latticework of light—
We must get you well again,
Set you free to summer.