Tom Sexton is the author of Cummiskey Alley: New and Selected Lowell Poems, which will be published by Loom Press next week. To order, please visit www.loompress.com
by Tom Sexton
What is it about a late autumn
afternoon with birch and sumac leaves
drifting down, that catches the breath
makes you want to live forever,
leaves that remind me of the colors
worn by sulky drivers at the starting gate
with an October moon overhead
like a snail with all the time in the world?
You were probably in the stands,
shivering a little as the afternoon cooled.