Because I did not rise terrific
in steel mornings––red feet
over the side of the bed, yesterday––
feeling throned on a beach
is tyrannical. I do not have the stomach for raw
waves, seagulls like funny men
I did not grow up on skyscrapers
with perfect view of little women
and smog below,
Sitting with birds,
I watch boys make trenches, own
the earth, and scream
in flashes, sky through a mountain
Sometimes whistling is useless
and they drown, or else
swim themselves into a love of drowning.
softly towards desire––
to want it, forever,
It isn't that I don't go home;
I just often catch a turn of wind,
shriveling away, second thought
from seeing ashes in fire pits below
which is home,
already gone, momentous
like abalone shining on some black
The moment after a seagull calls I think
of colossal reconciling, sweeping
cathedral organ now wholly
devastated with a red-coated cavalier
calling on angels.
Who knows of temperament?
To feel a grave like a sandpiper wading, to cheer
softly when old men make it
up the stairs––
gargantuan resurrection, boasts of the green river,
Can you sense the plight of dallying leaflets, lily pads?
Are you injured?
Are you in love?
Given that I project broadly, over
nuances gorged with forgotten fruit dripping
in feverish this is this, that is that
woman skirting the damsel,
the lonely orator,
the sweet loose leaf
hovering above her,
laps divinely at insignificance,
goldcrest on a snowy sapling.