Today's poem is by Theodore Worozbyt
Tell the Time
The contour of a bedsheet, a fabric on a fabric
touched coolly, touched softly,
changed or swept of crumbs and
tobacco shreds with a light
queasing pass of the palm.
A quiet now counting itself like
measures before thunder.
One mississippi, two. Touched beneath
the wavering memory of a bald moon.
Result, and residue, we are.
Touched and in time touched, but not in time.
Slowly in the outside air
sparks lift themselves to blink above the lawn.
They cannot tell the summer of your hour
but they coded and told.
Should we mount a conversation
and its fond and glacial impasse, its passed sting?
The movement of the brush along the line
is what I knowat the forestís edgeof color.
Sanded dabs and coats are interspersed
with the ringing of a muscled telephone.
You have told me if, and when and once,
and the trees, the stars went on focusing the sky
through an amber droplet falling
from the white saw cut in the white pine.
As if they always, star and tree, root and moon,
were falling, will have
been made to fall.
A solstice, an equinox blend.
God would lean into a prismed cloud if God
were what the handyman believed in.
I have forgotten, I have been forgetting something
that once seemed too important
to remark. Love in time is timelove is time in time.
I cannot surely answer
forgetfulness with a silken vow.
How often had the promise been made
that we would go like climbers among the small
green attainments of radishes and flowers.
I ushered a mud wasp out the front door
and a form of pain or kindness was left behind,
as if these were not the feeding hours
of the cardinalis cardinalis
and then not a brick laid into his soil,
unseeable but still, be still,
interrupting the uniformed grass.
Copyright © 2005 Theodore Worozbyt All rights reserved
from The National Poetry Review
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