By William Benton

Bright noon,

the narrow stairs lead


into the water, cool

wavering shallows,


she looks at her feet.

The way back had logic,


a maze of marks

in frozen flight


through the gray trees.

Her hair is a wreath


in a story laid

darkly on the pool.


William Benton received his early training in music, and worked as a jazz musician before becoming a writer.  He is the author of several books of poetry, including Marmalade, Normal Meanings, Eye La View, Birds, and The Bell Poems.  His poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Open City, and other magazines.  He is also the author of Exchanging Hats, a book on the paintings of Elizabeth Bishop, and a novel, Madly.  He lives in New York City.

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