Nights in Hackett’s Cove

Those nights lit by the moon and the moon’s nimbus,

the bones of the wrecked pier rose crooked in air

and the sea wore a tarnished coat of silver.

The black pines waited.  The cold air smelled

of fishheads rotting under the pier at low tide.

The moon kept shedding its silver clothes

over the bogs and pockets of bracken.

Those nights I would gaze at the bay road,

at the cottages clustered under the moon’s immaculate stare,

nothing hinted that I would suffer so late

this turning away, this longing to be there.

-Mark Strand

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