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Last night our oldest friend turned Oedipus at
Colonus. It happened right after his shaky great reading.

He stood unfolding his orthopedic cane
Atop the steps behind the Poetry Center,

His macular degeneration now having
Advanced so far he seemed oblivious

To all but the darkness his feet were about to enter.
And waving off our annoying flurry of hands

With his patient-impatient: “Go on ahead. Go on!”
We watched from the lamp-lit curb as he tap-tap-tapped

Each granite step. Tap-tap-tapped as if
Instructing us on how he kept his meter.

Call it blindly descending, Sophoclean
Ferocity of focus before an abyss,

But also the delicate steps of our elderly friend—
Still trusting the tremulous earth he walked on, but not

Expecting the Door of Love to suddenly open
(As it does for Oedipus in the denouement).

His heart was in his hand, and his hand was holding
His folding cane like a shepherd’s willowy wand.

George Kalogeris

George Kalogeris

George Kalogeris’s most recent book of poems is Guide to Greece, (Louisiana State University, 2018). He is also the author of a book of paired poems in translation, Dialogos (Antilever, 2012), and of a book of poems based on the notebooks of Albert Camus, Camus: Carnets (Pressed Wafer, 2006). His poems and translations have been anthologized in Joining Music with Reason, chosen by Christopher Ricks (Waywiser, 2010).
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George Kalogeris’s most recent book of poems is Guide to Greece, (Louisiana State University, 2018). He is also the author of a book of paired poems in translation, Dialogos (Antilever, 2012), and of a book of poems based on the notebooks of Albert Camus, Camus: Carnets (Pressed Wafer, 2006). His poems and translations have been anthologized in Joining Music with Reason, chosen by Christopher Ricks (Waywiser, 2010).