Bruce Bond is the author of nine published books of poetry, most recently Choir of the Wells, The Visible, Peal, and Blind Rain. In addition he has two other books forthcoming: The Other Sky (poems in collaboration with the painter Aron Wiesenfled, intro by Stephen Dunn) and For the Lost Cathedral. Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and Poetry Editor for American Literary Review.
When Plato lay sick beside a window
overlooking the hush of the Aegean,
he thought, somewhere lies a great shadow
to end all shadows, a paradigm of ruin
as the one dead thing that is no thing
in particular, that is the face below
a face, the bone-white light inside the living.
And it seemed like medicine, to know
there is inside each terror a name for terror,
inside each cough a ghost, a principle.
What he would not give for a drop of water.
And a beautiful boy appeared, a disciple,
who cradled his head and held the cup just near
enough. Just as he liked it. So cold, so cruel.