Before Mark’s ship sailed away
The librarian saw him changed
As dog eating poetry in mouth.
The ink dripped from its mouth
My God, he had been eating it,
For years before his ship sailed.
Librarian liked no dog’s licking
Nor its snarl or its bark in echo.
Librarian liked no drool from it.
The librarian’s ship sailed away
And the dog’s too that drooled.
Their ships sailed into darkness.
You may mark his eating habit
Eating others poems in library.
Not stranded , Mark his poetry.
Remembering the great poet of our time Mark Strand (1934-2014)