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Anthony Amsterdam

Scene in a Paris Courtyard

All afternoon the high-walled courtyard’s floor

is shadow-flooded, sunk in blue-grey gloom.

But just at sunset, strokes of amber light

flare across it like a dripping oar

that drives a tired dory home,

beach-safe at last from lunging, cresting night.

The cobbles glow a moment. Through a door

a shawl-wrapped woman limps. She brings

her wooden bucket to the courtyard tap, and bends

and fills it like a voyager

revisiting her sun-touched, momentary inland spring

before embarking on a lightless ocean without end.

About the Author

Anthony Amsterdam is a criminal defense lawyer, specializing in death cases. That’s a bleak way to live. To get away from it briefly, he travels, writes poetry, or both. He has published travel poems in volume 22 of The Ear, in Harper’s, and in other journals.

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