Shakespeare at Dusk
(by Joseph Stanton)
Here we see the twilight of a day
Edward Hopper painted Central Park
Until the darkness sealed it all away.
Before the colors slipped into the dark
He penciled names: cream, sulfur, and mauve;
Shakespeare’s base he fated to be chocolate.
“Sunset intense” he wrote and set afire
the painted sky that came from this late
Afternoon in late nineteen thirty-five.
The trees were ruined choirs except for one
Bright maple in the middle distance, alive
With scarlet light, a deft fragment of song.