- Given Rain
Late in these latitudes,the given rain, hazel andevergreen by the small roadswhere few are traveling,
inwards, indoors, the bookslie open, read not at randombut by dreaming whimsylike roads in the dusk.
The child who struggledto write a name and struggledharder to believe that namenow moves the pen
of the one who has come indoorsand shaken the rainand left muddy boots on the mat.The world is wet
and close and the lightis low, the booksglow with a darkness of their own,the words like rain in the mind.
It is late in these latitudes.Sleep on, says the hillof the night and the tunneling roadbent out of sight. [End Page 379]
DAVID MASON’s books include Ludlow: A Verse Novel and Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade. He served as poet laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014 and teaches at The Colorado College.