Friday, May 17, 2013

The Rag that LIves in the Tree

It’s been there ever since
I came to live here, seven years ago
And who knows how much longer before?
Each year it grows grayer and less defined.
I think it was once a shirt, from the bits of shape
It still holds--a child’s shirt, most likely.
Grotesquely cloudlike, it changes with the wind:
 hammerhead shark one day, a flirty
girl dancing wild at a party.  Too much to drink,
I tell her, and she smirks  at me.
Today the rag is formless, except for its  bottom edge
[(a sleeve, it must have been), that alone mimics the motions
of the lighter leaves. 
It seems like a mouth, with neither
face nor head to balance it: a mad, insensate ghost
chattering endlessly to itself
among indifferent leaves.

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