The Trees Hesitated (Written July 23)

The Trees Hesitated

 

He could not have intended for it

To be seen. No one would even

Notice it this late in the season.

 

Time is nothing if not amenable.

For two weeks or more the trees

Hesitated. Hundreds of fine black

 

Birds hung from the tall cliffs.

Mapped waters are more slack

Than the land is. The flowers

 

Were in bloom in the children’s

Cemetery. In the hours

Before noon the static

 

Became unbearable. The staircases

Were more sturdy in the attic.

What can I say of the marsh?

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