Better Late by Richard Livermore

When I bent towards dusk
and mounted the moon
on the wall for the night,
only the time the clock struck one
of the servants gave me away.

Convinced the idea was not
as good as it seemed at the time
and had to be placed
in its proper perspective
after we opened our eyes,

what we saw was on
the horizon and seemed
to suggest that something
rather than nothing existed
and it was waving goodbye.

• Biography: Richard Livermore was born in Sussex in 1944. He went to various boarding-schools and left at 15. He joined the Army, but was discharged 6 months later. He went from job to job and in 1974 to Newbattle Abbey College in Scotland. He has lived in Scotland ever since, except for 5 years in Spain. He has had numerous poems published in magazine and webzines in Britain and the USA, plus books by Lothlorien, Diehard and Chanticleer Press. He is presently retired.


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