There you are, little stalwart,
still at it after all these years, even the one
early on in which I tried to stop you.
I marvel at you now with my good eye, saved
by someone else’s cornea half a century ago.
Heart, eye: here we are, already exceeding the average
duration for our category, holding on
through one more summer’s trials and blooms.

David Curry’s second collection of poetry, Contending to be the Dream, (New Rivers Press), received “Special Distinction” in the Elliston Book Awards. He has been a writing fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts. For 10 years, he edited and published the poetry magazine Apple.