It is evening in the town of x

where Death, who used to love me, sits

in a limo with a blanket spread across his thighs,

waiting for his driver to appear. His hair

is white, his eyes have gotten small, his cheeks

have lost their luster. He has not swing his scythe

in years, or touched his hourglass. He is waiting

to be driven to the Blue Hotel, the ultimate resort,

where an endless silence fills the lilac-scented air,

and marble fish swim motionless in marble seas,

and where…Where is his driver? Ah, there she is,

coming down the garden steps, in heels, velvet evening gown,

and golfe boa, blowing kisses to the trees.

Mark Strand (Canada-USA, 1934-2014)

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