Poem by Stuart Dybek

man steps out of sunlight,

sunlight that streams like grace,

still gaping at blue sky

staked across the emptiness of space,

into a history where shadows

assume a human face.

A man slips into silence

that began as a cry,

still trailing music

although reduced to the sigh

of an accordion

as it folds into its case.

Note: “Chord” taken from Streets in Their Own Ink. Copyright © 2006 by Stuart Dybek. Find the book here.

Photo: Nick J. Stone, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Find more of his work here.