7 July 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 2

The Demands of Fading Light

The double-red horizon

of my fading life

demands all of me.

And you.

Something is swimming

beneath the ice.

I love you with all

of my most

unfortunate soul.

Beginning here, beginning

there makes no sense.

We want the gray old

winter to climb down

through the smoking pines

astride his white mule

to forgive us each separately.

Such a delicious meal

we could have together:

walleyes from the ice,

the fire stoked high

with dry twigs,

the planets fishing

for us, wanting


We have only melted snow

to drink in this

reddened dark.

I've lost us


on purpose.

About the author:

Rustin Larson's poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, the Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, the Atlanta Review, and other magazines. Crazy Star (Loess Hills Books, 2005) is his latest collection. A five-time Pushcart nominee, and graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing, Larson was an Iowa Poet at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival in 2002 and 2004 and has been highlighted on the public radio programs "Live from Prairie Lights" and "Voices from the Prairie." He lives in Fairfield, Iowa.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Rustin Larson at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 2, where "The Demands of Fading Light" ran on July 7, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

42opus is an online magazine of the literary arts.

copyright © 2001-2007
XHTML // CSS // 508