Thank you for the gift. Never have I seen a more thoughtful tea-strainer. For you I'm striking a silent movie pose. For instance, I step out and take in the moon like a tourist. It puts tiny gloves on the ferns. It's bigger than life size. I've a room here just for sitting. If I want I fetch some music to slap me around. I've three other rooms-- in this way the house resembles a cow's stomach. I have the feeling we'll be excluded from frescoes despite the fitful way you loved me, Alice, I'm confident we're finally on our own. If I need to think of you and I do I let telephone wires paraphrase the landscape till there's just a city block, a sooty building, you settled into a chair with your legs and hair up and your face adjusting to that new weather right after the TV's been turned off. Hello. Just past the hill here is the truckstop borealis. This is Barkeyville. Maybe we could argue over ice cream.
On a Night Like This
When he couldn't sleep and his sight got going he noted the colors on the back of each painting; this one forest blue, that gunpowder, one blue to make the yellow tell, and one bluer than that. Certain nights only the rain will have its say, troubling the downspout. When morning came he chose a white shirt (they're all white) and followed the buttons down. At least he says there is Billie Holiday and the plants bring every green with them. When I make his breakfast, the bed, sweep the house out with a broom, he stands by the window longer than one should. I know he believes in progress even if it's the kind you can't see. When his sons grew tall and remote and moved to cities he'd barely heard of, he talked to them on Sundays. Though perhaps it's too late a silk rose in his lapel. When I came back some nights I saw him caught beneath a streetlamp talking with the girl he loved turning his palm over like a phrase he couldn't remember. I saw the night come down around them one hand turning and how she turned in the dark and smiled, blue scarf on her head, blue dog at her feet, blue attic between the stars.