from Landscapes on a Train
Planes of migrating geese. The geese are hundreds, they in sheets, hundreds of feet
Up in hundreds of slightly black angles. There are two sheets of geese only barely
Distinguishable as such, in and out. Of each other like shifting screens the rhythm of
The shift gives the air shelves, floors, an infinite splitting of hooves. They rend a petal
In wax is peeled, in warm go the clouds. In clouds go high.
White flock over the field just set. In a scattering flood. Over the field just
The straightened braid. Horses on all sides straighten the clay. And two
White horses walk the silence. By broken steeple: steeple open: open
The sky blue soft. And later pass. Down a lane that curves and then comes
Across. Cross, and change all this.
Sea of soft. White flowers over the soft. Crow the black strike. Is over and the trees go
Even. Even farther down the gold field, the white chalk, the open wall, a stone road
Curves the clouds. That deepen all seen, and the white birds, three. Slice. Into the forest
The green wall almost. The green almost stone. Things down in the water almost move.
And things across water cut. Would carve, would small and then would, across water
A sail now cuts. It cuts open the curtain that curtains the leaves and that of their
Reflection. Each leaf opened, sliced, and then shines. Its shine timed. Thin
Graft. And through it the sun and through it flew. Onward the sun and run
The hills. A herd is sprinkled as an edge.
And only now a river. Running aground green and flat boats among pollarded trees
Bare of leaves, more greenhouses making small plants making color or missing
A pane of the missing greenhouse tarnished silver in the missing sun. These are
Not windows above.
People sleep on trains. People asleep on trains behind glasses the man across from
Me is asleep and behind his glasses a half-opened eye. I think we see all the time.
In sleep, time dives. In the sleep of trains a lateral slip on a glaze of ice. The train
Racing sleep alive. Is breaking. On the inward thorn. Racing barb, the faces racing
Tossed aside, the faces still going, with the face going on.