Before midnight the floodlights go quiet in the park.
The rink is blackened and the last boy skating.
A retriever complains on the far side of the crescent.
I hope this is her owner trudging through the exhausted snow,
his breath a cloud that disappears like anger,
like the clatter of a freight train hauling metal off
the island, a muffled rumba leaking out from speakers
near a burnished window or the lights erratically
vanishing from buildings that have lost their colour
except for a single, green, lit-up front door. A boy lugging
helmet and skates looks back to face whatever lies
behind him, ears on fire from the February chill, turning –