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Infinity Pool

the rimless pool
last vessel of spirituality
mildly chlorinated transcendence

as if you could simply
swim out there


Reasons

Because
of a Persian blue pond
leaked out of time;

because
of leaves turning and
snow on the world;

because
of the infrasonic boom
of the planet’s lonely flight;

because
of the missing entries
in the log of the Marie Celeste;

because
of these unfolding stalks of light
(sea anemones of the soul);

because, perhaps,
out of confusion, as the way is,
and the chaos –


Thaw

A company of rooks have commandeered
my tree tops, cawing their raucous orders
to the foul-mouthed platoon of carrion crows
billeted lower down.

Their croaking sorties darken my window –
but shush: from his high lookout a blackbird
raises his voice, rehearsing spring rebellion.
I clear my throat.

rooks

 


Operating instructions

Assemble all the implements.
Then lock the door and set to work
when night falls.

It takes the darkness
for the thing inside to stir, and hours
of tender teasing out before it shows its shape.

Then deftly, cautiously, you set it in a vice:
compress, condense, and purify;
decide what must be smooth and what left rough.

At last you chase its silver surface; polish round
and round until it gleams with hope
and sparkles with despair.

Now get up from the table
with its paperful of fragile words.
Unlock the door. Admit the day.


Recipe for happiness

go away
far away
alone

don’t phone

embrace
the longing


Ellis Island

Sofia, age 23, from Siberia:
processed in Ellis Island, 1921;
destination Gackle, North Dakota.

You have to wonder.

Gackle, North Dakota:
founded in 1904;
located at 46°37′38″N, 99°8′36″W:

not even the middle of nowhere.

Population (1920): 424.
Population (1950): 606.
Population (2016): 291:

not exactly Boomtown ND.

Things to do in Gackle ND:
ˮGackle is home
to the Gackle Public Libraryˮ –

that is about the extent of it.

They must be doing
an awful lot of reading
up there in Gackle, ND.

And you have to wonder:

Did she find her home there?
Was it worth the loss of loved ones,
the heartbreak of exile, the long journey

all the way from Siberia – to Gackle, ND.


Wheelchair access

Heavy going
and he’s
in a hurry
as you can see:

powerful shoulders
pumping,
upper body
straining forward –

but the entrance
(tough luck)
is always
on the opposite side.

Wheelchair access