The Darker Sooner
–Catherine WingThen came the darker sooner,came the later lower.We were no longer a sweeter-herehappily-ever-after. We were after ever.We were farther and further.More was the word we used for harder.Lost was our standard-bearer.Our gods were fallen faster,and fallen larger.The day was duller, dullerwas disaster. Our charge was error.Instead of leader we had louder,instead of lover, never. And over this riverbroke the winter’s black weather.