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 www.jaredcarter.com.