A Poem by Tom Snarsky

Waterfall 1943 by Arshile Gorky c.1904-1948
Waterfall by Arshile Gorky


Screaming from the Rooftop on a Thursday Night

The human mind, that great intensifi-
Er, bringer of fire & light to where
There was already fire & light, mourns

Its constitutive aloneness once it has
Entered relation, standing on somebody
Else’s toes in a penguin dance of con-

Tinual living, although it never really
Enters relation so much as it realizes
Loss, or something someone wrote

In a big psychoanalytic book once, a
Book that should have been required
Reading for the adulthood I’d like to

Begin with you, in which all we read are
Poems, to each other, in the eldritch dark.



Tom Snarsky teaches mathematics at Malden High School in Malden, Massachusetts, USA.