La Noche

the wind    let loose in the dark
and the lights of the city    moving

the city is a great dragon    it is a procession
         it is on the move

but the curtains are drawn
the music unheard

see    men and women    preparing themselves
for the long journey across a room

“La Noche” is reprinted by permission from Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence (Coffee House Press, 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Anselm Hollo.