A Poem For Saturday


"Progress" by Leonard Cochran appeared in The Atlantic in October, 2004:

Battling cascading
steam, my ancient

neighbor would face
his fogged mirror,

cutthroat razor
mowing down, up,

piratical blade
making every

stroke a page torn
from a life story

told the hard way,
because "Someone,

by God, has to keep
the old skills alive."

(Photo of a barber shaving a client in the streets of the Medina in central Tunis. By Martin Bureau / AFP/Getty Images)