[mp3=http://jpicforum.info/audio-poem-of-the-day/gerald-stern_bolero.mp3]Bolero By Gerald Stern[/mp3] [fieldset=Bolero by Gerald Stern (b. 1925)]So one day when the azalea bush was firing away and the Japanese maple was roaring I came into the kitchen full of daylight and turned on my son’s Sony sliding over the lacquered floor in my stocking feet for it was time to rattle the canisters and see what sugar and barley have come to and how Bolero sounds after all these years and if I’m loyal still and when did I have a waist that thin? And if my style was too nostalgic and where were you when I was burning alive, nightingale? [/fieldset] ------------------------- Gerald Stern, "Bolero," from Everything is Burning, published by W.W. Norton. Copyright 2005 by Gerald Stern. Reprinted by permission of the author. Source: Poetry (December 2004).