Two Nights

February 12, 2016

Could these two grapes be
enough fragrance for the world?
Could these two grapes be
enough fragrance for the world?
How rich is their luster,
how sweet they are when eaten,
how lonely they become
when separated—
A cat’s eyes peer through the fence—
fierce, effective, and unafraid—
unblinking in their thoughtfulness,
unswerving in their attention.
Where is the moon light
while all this is happening?
Where is the growth in the garden?
The asphodels and forsythia?
The frozen earth sighs.
Could these two orbs be all there is?
A fragrance for this night only?

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