Monday, April 22, 2013

Freeing, I think, about a million birds

The great light cage has broken up in the air,
freeing, I think, about a million birds
whose wild ascending shadows will not be back,
and all the wires come falling down.

(From "Rain Towards Morning" by Elizabeth Bishop)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Failure to Thrive or Just Impatient (A Caterpiller)

A caterpillar,
this deep in fall--
still not a butterfly.

(A Caterpillar by Matsuo Basho)