ANY NUMBER OF WAYS

he could die now flattened by wheels electrocuted, biting a live wire poisoned or simple disease or drown all the complications, amassed *   *   * somewhere, in the limbs what had riled him so early? Blue Jay squawking could be confused for squirrels (What was the opera, anyway? Certainly not Cinderella with her matching fur […]

LOOKING OUT

picnic table with a block of snow 2-feet deep atop it and a hole at the center extraordinary deep purple in the Siberian irises Quaker ladies abloom on the meeting burial ground – even on the Friends graves in Pine Hill Cemetery the ox-eye daisies I lifted from rock and sand to transplant here – […]

AS SHE REMINDS HIM

he’s not a bird eating fish or worms see how frantically he spades without weeding how voraciously he climbs out on the seeded maple twigs *   *   * incisor domestica rodentia in residence *   *   * a squirrel with a martini too much     too often fog in treetops     before the wind blows how     do sparrows […]

DREYS WITHOUT LICHEN

stack neatly three cords of stove wood for kitchen heating (ache, diddly ache) with no idea how much they’ll need for winter learn to use a variable-speed screwdriver, far from expertly, while hanging drywall and doors (ache, diddly ache) the plumbers finally show for a day installing a new boiler just before the season’s first […]