From the collection published in 2016, Enough For a Book.
These books with sun-faded spines
bought long ago
wait in the semi-darkness
of archives no one visits. If the building burned down
would anyone miss a volume
published fifty years ago
entitled History of Mankind
as if there could be such a thing.
One less copy of this book in the world. What result?
Ask that student emerging from the building
across the way there
in gym shorts barelegged in
February pouring down rain
and see what she says.