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Written by Robert Lowell |

Skunk Hour

(for Elizabeth Bishop)

Nautilus Island's hermit

heiress still lives through winter in her Spartan cottage;

her sheep still graze above the sea.<br>

Her son's a bishop.<br> Her farmer

is first selectman in our village;

she's in her dotage.<br>

Thirsting for

the hierarchic privacy

of Queen Victoria's century

she buys up all

the eyesores facing her shore

and lets them fall.<br>

The season's ill--

we've lost our summer millionaire

who seemed to leap from an L.<br> L.<br> Bean

catalogue.<br> His nine-knot yawl

was auctioned off to lobstermen.<br>

A red fox stain covers Blue Hill.<br>

And bow our fairy

decorator brightens his shop for fall;

his fishnet's filled with orange cork

orange his cobbler's bench and awl;

there is no money in his work

he'd rather marry.<br>

One dark night

my Tutor Ford climbed the hill's skull;

I watched for love-cars.<br> Lights turned down

they lay together hull to hull

where the graveyard shelves on the town.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>

My mind's not right.<br>

A car radio bleats

"Love, O careless Love.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>" I hear

my ill-spirit sob in each blood cell,

as if my hand were at its throat.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>

I myself am hell;

nobody's here--

only skunks, that search

in the moonlight for a bite to eat.<br>

They march on their soles up Main Street:

white stripes, moonstruck eyes' red fire

under the chalk-dry and spar spire

of the Trinitarian Church.<br>

I stand on top

of our back steps and breathe the rich air--

a mother skunk with her column of kittens swills the garbage


She jabs her wedge-head in a cup

of sour cream, drops her ostrich tail,

and will not scare.<br>