Tell me how the sunset gets in a bird’s wings, how they carved that
road to here. Two gray feathers decorate the walk between design
Somehow, within the same stare, snow and palm trees. In another
time, impossible. Remember to look back but only to witness
sunsets, to see yellow and pink blur into night.
“What is that?” you ask, spurring our game. Between big rigs, I
shout and point: —Toothpicks and napkins for God! —Hot Wheels
and stones for fishbowls! —Stir sticks and straws!
And now we know what to do in a dust storm. The coyote smiles
After discussing a t-shirt slogan’s possibilities, we notice the clear
sky, admire endlessness.
Watching the blue bonnets and butterflies as you contemplate
Look, a cloud. Let’s appreciate it, trace its dance across morning.
A man at the end of the bar says, “Good music never gets old. We
do.” Under lapis beams and a cowboy hat, lips croon, Shining in
O, watching the impact of raindrops in the river, I wonder what
my hands can cup after this. The red leaves, in the outskirts of
sleep, resemble bleeding hearts.
I note felled trees, thinking, Of course they make a sound. Sounds
like creek- and riverbeds drying, snow falling in the desert, wind
through fingertips, the suck of rolling our windows up. Too many
lily pads, too many blown-out tires to count. “There’s a lot of
those,” you say.
Recalling the colors of wildflowers on our fingers, there can never
be enough of these.
*from Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings"