We get up to rain and fog; or rather,
smoke— the swamp still burning
in the month-long aftermath of
lightning strike. Not even a hurricane
could put it out. Whatever else one
might say, it is a form of dedication.
Name your materials, then: peat and fossils;
ethyl alcohol, grains soaked and swirled
in a silo of glass. Little clutch of wood
shavings; cone of paper, puff of breath.
Coals in a tempered dish. Some light
to take you past the midnight hour.
At a conference many years ago,
a Persian poet I didn’t even know
looked at me and said, Your stomach
is tight; don’t try too hard.
And it’s true. Don’t we want,
so many times every day, to unclench?
The world looms close. Only look up
at the brilliant fall sky
and the silver gleam of a plane
glancing off the buildings.
Somewhere in the woods, a bright
clearing where a tree came down.
In response to an entry from the Morning Porch.