Issue 90, Winter 1983
I am sitting thirty feet above the water
with my hand at my throat,
listening to the owls go through the maples
and the seaplanes go up and down like cracked buzzsaws.
I am finding my own place
in the scheme of things
between the nation of Ruben half drunk on twisted cone flowers
and the nation of Dan all crazy for weird veronica.
I am paying attention to providence,
the silver hordes this time,
the mud up to my knees,
the glass on my fingers.
I am studying paradise and the hereafter,
a life beyond compare,
a great log thrown up for my own pleasure,
an unbelievably large and cold and beneficent sun.
I am lifting a blade of grass to my wet lips
I am trying a dozen fruits and flowers
to get one sound;
I am twisting my head around, I am slowly clapping
I am raising my eyes, I am listening to the worms