Late, then, to pon­der these old ques­tions
Posed so long ago—laughed at, for­got­ten,
When the slen­der moon came into view
And she seemed love­lier than all the others.

But patience, now that we have come this far.
Even phi­los­o­phy has intri­cate clasps
That must be learned, and care­fully undone,
Before they’re pas­sion­ately flung aside.




Jared Carter’s forthcoming book of poems is A Dance in the Street, available in the fall of 2012 from Wind Publications in Kentucky. Wind published his previous collection, Cross this Bridge at a Walk, in 2006. His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, Iowa Review, Hudson Review The Dark Horse, Prairie Schooner, and Kenyon Review. Addi­tional poems and sto­ries may be found on his web site at