Surely it has changed. See the garden,

once so variously cultivated, razed

but for two old and bending trees encircled

now by protective cement; or the child’s den

cut from some vast illogical passageway;

or minutely, the art deco trimmings along the terrace

shadowed by deep years of dirt; how the trace

of a cable missing into a hole may

stand in for great tangled tracts of concealed

wire; how inside, your picture might sharpen or fade,

in the bathroom, say, where all thought is still cancelled

between the ancient mirror and a brand-new blade.

Vivek Narayanan is a consulting editor for Almost Island and the author of a book of poems, Universal Beach.

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