She said I'll mix
my heart in, wear it
like a worsted coat, plant
my natural law in wet pipe
tobacco while mergansers
swim at midnight "o beautiful"
oh beautiful I'm confused
as a banjo's belly he said
sugar come over, wisteria
blooms in any frame
and here I am behind smoked
glass riming the catkins again
Lets live on an island under palm trees.
I'll find a button by the roadside, a one-armed
bandit, a bucket of dent corn, we'll eat boiled kumquat
on a weedy sidewalk stretched between develop and devastate.
Give me the once-over; I'll give you oratory
and orange root, ride the bilge water dressed
in cabbage-leaf, it's going to rain and I've been thinking
a lot about figure skating, last year's spring peepers
forgotten hats--bowler, porkpie, stovepipe.
I swear in my mind I'm brushing your hair
and the nite-light flickers just the way you like it
she said a Pindaric ode from memory,
he picked pebbles and shells from
his rough-cast siding she gazed
at the somewhere else diamond
glades and sprouting graves
he saw too he said the looping
gulls that yell love songs
at each other while they can.