The Disquieting Muses (from “Two De Chiricos”)

 

2. The Disquieting Muses

Boredom sets in first, and then despair.
One tries to brush it off. It only grows.
Something about the silence of the square.

Something is wrong; something about the air,
Its color; about the light, the way it glows.
Boredom sets in first, and then despair.

The muses in their fluted evening wear,
Their faces blank, might lead one to suppose
Something about the silence of the square,

Something about the buildings standing there.
But no, they have no purpose but to pose.
Boredom sets in first, and then despair.

What happens after than, one doesn’t care.
What brought one here—the desire to compose
Something about the silence of the square,

Or something else, of which one’s not aware,
Life itself, perhaps—who really knows?
Boredom sets in first, and then despair…
Something about the silence of the square.

 



“2. The Disquieting Muses (from “Two de Chiricos) from BLIZZARD OF ONE: POEMS by Mark Strand, copyright © 1988 by Mark Strand. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

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Mark Strand

MARK STRAND (1934 – 2014) was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist, and translator, named Poet Laureate of the United States in 1990 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1999.

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