Empty Street on a Rainy Day

Empty street on a rainy day, empty flat and a pot of tea,
Empty poem which is any poem, newspaper pages
Blown about at night on an empty street, one of the pages
Become a dancer to dance with the exhausted girl
In The Red Shoes, ‘she dies, of course’ as a line
In the film goes – Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook,
Massine – artists doing their work of help as do
Doctors as do firefighters, notes in a bottle and even
Anna Karenina is a note in a bottle.

Richard W. Halperin