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Hospital: strange lights

I needed a friend but
I was in the other room
—not just the other room,
another frame
dragging         blue
or brighter blue:           strange lights:

The doctor singing from The Song of Songs
'in the secret places of the stairs'

Us standing there	  in the past
as we were
in life
you turning and turning my coat buttons

Credit


From Little Boat by Jean Valentine. Copyright © 2008 by Jean Valentine. Reprinted with permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Author


Jean Valentine

The author of many collections of poetry, Jean Valentine has received such honors as the National Book Award, the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Date Published: 2008-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/hospital-strange-lights