The black-capped skull obliviously alert
(My stare had not yet caught its yellow eye),
His head jerked left then right.
Between each stab: the hooked neb, pricking at
An upturned breast, its puff of white
In full surrender to ...
Rising ambitiously, they set a goalOf smoking out the red, reluctant sun,Which smolders like some just-embarrassed coal.Whatever looks to start has not begun,But still the clouds’ bombastic undersides —All glowing pearl and sulfur, rose and nacre;Tinged ...
Firstuseless spears againstthe humus’s black backdrop,then collapseto heads hung downin puny lampshade petals:collapse without bud-burst.Autochthonous, unsown,their whited timecondensed,they bell in clusters.No tongue clapsand will not stop.The freak wind blusters.Down on each ...
Deep woods Down East, we’re cabined, cribbed, confined,
And bedded down. Up through an oculus,
The wiry asters glint — and wink, though they are blind.
All day, the rifle shots have shaken us
With their reports; their distant echoes, ...