A new poem by Elizabeth Smither.
Mark Doty: a footnote
Walking between venues in Aldeburgh
to attend the next reading or panel
a boy kicks a football in Mark Doty’s path.
Just a poet walking, one of those
removed from the world, a floater
but look he has scooped up the ball
on the curve of his foot, cradles it
like a bird fallen from a tree
rolls it up to chest height
then over his shoulder, his other foot
hooks to kick it back to
the astonished boys. A poet
who could play for Chelsea or Real Madrid
earn a fee greater than any poem
but greatest of all the way
he keeps on chatting to the other poets
his head lowered, as modestly
he sets the world back in place.
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