You will go down that path again
Will be gone—the fires that had been
The undimmed faces swept away.
Will carry on, and yet the play
Perpetual waves, the dunes, the wind
Nor the long stretch of sand, its end
Jared Carter’s Darkened Rooms of Summer was the first book selected for the Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry Series and was published in 2014 by the University of Nebraska Press. Carter lives in Indiana.