One thing about you was slightly
unattractive always, and one thing was not. The lips had something to do
with it, but maybe not yours. All I remember is sitting on that bus
driving away from you being in love, and the pure greenness of it.
The Inner Life of the Mineral
Such pure liquids as these, such cloudlight
on water. Such peace attracts cats, who lie nearby you meditating,
Wall of Plant Matter
We cannot decide where to plant the trumpet
vines because we knew where originally but then the roots we were sent in
the mail took so long to sprout we thought they were dead and changed our
mind about their placement and now they're living.
Personage with Cigarette
Although unhealthy he gave us much joy. One
time we saw him with his shirt off.
Personage Sticking Out Tongue
Just a little personage, a child really.
And I wondered why V was so moody and where the little lost brown cat was
in the rain. I liked V's brother's wife and a little V's brother. A good
feel to it.
The Automobile, Flower of Industry
It can take us around, it is friendly, it
goes too fast. I love my white car, but wish it had air conditioning. A
hard white flower and her hair is never as thick as you might think. The
little girl at the movies had thicker hair--her whole family did.
They were an interesting looking family and
C said the kid looked like a cartoon character and then later called her
exquisite. Both mother and father were strange-looking but pleasing, and
the older daughter interesting too.
The Ladies at the Windows
Always at the windows and usually
uncomfortable in their clothes. When they were first married they all
seemed happy and everything on the up and up; now they stand at their
The Shot in the Wing
This happened to me when I was only 17,
during my first year in college. I looked in the mirror one morning and
there, completely unbeknownst to me, it was: the one wing dragging along
like a broken arm and the other one looking as if it would soon follow.
The Illusory Site
Probably there was no reason to think it
was unreal, and yet it might have been--possibly as unreal as the
sunlight's shadow on a long-driving day, or the way his voice sounded
tired and shadowy, illusory perhaps I should have said.
Most comforting: out from beside the
fast-food stand by the lake whose name I can never remember came one of
the peripheral uncles and one inebriated dad.
The Genuflection of the Bishop
In high school we had to kiss his ring. Had
he genuflected then, the score would have been settled.
Counterpoint with Tools
You cannot play counterpoint without tools;
you cannot embroider needlepoint or that wonderful-looking "blackwork"
without tools; you cannot hardly do a blessed thing without tools, and I
once made a tool from one-half of a pistachio shell and used it to open
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