Patricia Alford : What I Thought I Saw

Fall '07 TOC

 

I thought I saw

the coffin draped in green and gold brocade the wooden stairs
lightening on the horizon
my parents young again and making the same mistakes
the plum in bloom

I thought I saw

the lake through the trees
a loon dive for pearls
and a trout rise

I thought I saw

the trail of evidence
little twigs turned to silver
the brain open and the parts numbered
doves practicing arabesques for the day of peace

I thought I saw

a bear in the blackberries

but it was just a stump

I thought I saw

the heavenly host glorifying god

but it was just a flock of waxwings

I thought I saw

Castor and Pollux

but it was just the neighbour’s porch light

I thought I saw

the cradle rock itself and skeleton woman sing herself a body

I thought I saw

green on the hills
and the river where it once had flowed
all this under water

 

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