"Riverbank in Spring"
The Arcades Project
Dishabille, as though the snows
were a deep, quiet thought to be
thrown off. So, the landscape devises
its own umlaut, picks up stones
for the express purpose of turning
them, placing them back. Is this
what the ruby-throated believed
it was returning to? These bare
limbs like a poignant remark? Raw
ruts where someone has driven
recklessly across? The spirits
are getting ready to plow, but it will
take some time: everything has been
put away wet. The crocus with bent
neck as though beholden—
The difficulty of deciding what to cast
the eyes on first. Pools rimed
with the germ of small, loud frogs.
Or the ridge humped against the stars,
lost in thought, unfinished work.