Homage to Robert Creeley

What I thought
       was a fly on the window was
A knot on the branch outside

Near it a real fly sat
Quiet in the sun

Wind rocked all the branches the fly
       sat still

“Homage to Robert Creeley” from The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen.
© 2007 by Philip Whalen. Published by Wesleyan University Press.
Used by permission.