Contents | March 2001
In This Issue (Contributors)
Also by Stephen Sandy:
The Change (1997)
My Place (1996)
Earth Day Story (1991)
The Atlantic Monthly | March 2001
Hear Stephen Sandy read this poem (in RealAudio)
by Stephen Sandy
How odd to hold this implement
of a lapsed time
whose dated use clings still in the
blunt blade and the
gleaming grip—Celtic chimera
brave lion head
softened by hands. Soon even you
will be forgotten,
my letter opener, bronze or brass!
No one will know
why such a dull stub of a blade
found such a fanciful
handle, as if the one who gripped it
fought with ghosts.
Copyright © 2001 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved. The Atlantic Monthly; March 2001; Worn Tool - 01.03; Volume 287, No. 3; page 58.