Monday, April 11, 2011

Patchwork homecoming in early spring

I. F train climbing the viaduct:

(from Maggie Nelson's "Subway in March, 5:45 PM)

I take the long way home, knowing
I am free to choose happiness

or wander off into the tunnel...

... all I want is to stay focused on everyday life

What other kind of life is there?
All the world knows it, it's a miracle

The blue womb of evening
The nimble sparrow, the smug duck in the pond

The eruption of flowering quince
O shackle us to the rock of it

we will try to love each other
though there's wind on our heads

and we cannot read minds
The train jumps above ground

and stripes the car in gold light
It's the light of early spring

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