Imagine how it felt at first,

the quick world ticking now

to her new pulse, her stepping

from the confidence of objects

into the life of that astonished man,

into his arms, his beautiful hands.


To lift the cold stone from his heart

she had the pity of the gods,

the patience of earth, but nothing

to describe the difference in his touch,

how fragile from that moment

everything became between them.


James Scruton’s most recent collections are the chapbooks: Galileo’s House, available from Finishing Line Press, and Exotics and Accidentals, available from A sampling of other poems can be found at