Before doctors learn how it is that the brain’s lights turn on, they may have to know a lot more about what’s happening when the lights are off.
In her dark she surveys empty: the vanity
from the in-law's Bronx apartment,
the brooch from a lover,
loafers by a coat tree, trench coat,
the husband's profile, an alarm
for news and forecast. Here
she appraises fidelity
before the light violates.
From Brain Fever (W. W. Norton, 2014). Copyright © 2014 by Kimiko Hahn. Used with permission by W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Kimiko Hahn was born in 1955 in Mt. Kisco, New York.
Date Published: 2014-10-17
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/alarm