Lesson on Perspective

Lesson on Perspective

I stand fixed at the far left edge,

watching you recede in perfect proportion
to the funnel lines of the gutters
along the brownstone rooftops,

your leaving me as clear
as the lessons on perspective
in the See-To-Draw books
I studied as a child, wondering 
who had invented how to do this: See,

the large man is very close
the smaller man is farther away
and the tiny, tiny man (who may now be 
turning his head for one last look)

is near the vanishing point.


Published in Umbrella, 2008