Robert W. King
On Reading Yeats
In Iowa City, on the white bedroom wall
of a girl who wanted me that night because
I had red hair, was a line of Yeats, blue cursive.
Although neither of us had promised
anything—indeed, had promised nothing—
I thought I'd never forget that line.
Now I have gray hair, sleep between white walls
with nothing written on them, and sleep well.
I'm sure it was Yeats. You don't forget a thing like that.
Robert King's first book, Old Man Laughing (Ghost Road Press), was a finalist for the 2008 Colorado Book Award in Poetry and his second, Some of These Days, will appear in 2013 from Conundrum Press. He recently won the Grayson Books Chapbook Competition with Rodin & Co. He lives in Greeley, Colorado, where he directs the website www.ColoradoPoetsCenter.org.