(1947-1995 / United States)

Coats

I saw him leaving the hospital
with a woman's coat over his arm.
Clearly she would not need it.
The sunglasses he wore could not
conceal his wet face, his bafflement.

As if in mockery the day was fair,
and the air mild for December. All the same
he had zipped his own coat and tied
the hood under his chin, preparing
for irremediable cold.

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I saw him leaving the hospital with a woman's coat over his arm. Clearly she would not need it. The sunglasses he wore could not conceal his wet face, his bafflement. - ITALIAN: L'ho visto lasciare l'ospedale con il cappotto di una donna sul braccio. Evidentemente, lei non ne aveva bisogno. Gli occhiali da sole che lui indossava non potevano nascondere il suo volto bagnato, la sua perplessità.
What an amazing view of a, what may seem on the surface, mundane event; a recognition of a much deeper, totally human, unavoidable occurence. Stunning, to say the least.
Clearly she would not need it. Nice work.