Green Hills Literary Lantern

On Cambridge Common



 (for Elizabeth Bishop,1911-1977)


My shadow

in yours

as it yields

to awareness

of your long spell

at day's end

here by evergreen

a thousand years old

by a deafening guitar

on parched grass

sharing with students

a timeless memory

when you returned

dazzled from Brazil

with new bubbling images

flinched by camouflaged cold

in a white kerchiefed dawn

by snow gardens

on Cambridge Common

with nothing but song

between us.




BZ Niditch's newest poetry collections are Fugitive Poet, Captive Cities, Boston Fall and Others, and Terezin.