Music circles a man and woman
in distant, opposite corners
at this dim-lit dance land, both perched
stiffly on gray metal chairs
preparing to bolt, become invisible.
At last they sway
ever so slightly, caught in possible.
A separate dance.
Michael Carrino holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont
College. He is a retired English lecturer at the State
University College at Plattsburgh, New York, where he was
co-founder and poetry editor of the Saranac Review.
His publications include Some Rescues, (New Poets
Series, Inc.) Under This Combustible Sky, (Mellen
Poetry Press), Café Sonata, (Brown Pepper Press),
Autumn’s Return to the Maple Pavilion (Conestoga
Press), and By Available Light (Guernica Editions)
as well as individual poems in numerous journals