Spring 1987 • Vol. IX No. 2 Poetry |

The Relinquishments

After quarreling with everything in sight the heat hoversaround the edge of the pond and then subsides,an audible vapor over the surface.We enter a change of light, or is it wind—a buzzard, overhead, storm clouds behind him, tightenshis circles on the subdued sun. For several minutes rain pocks the steaming surface of the water,anticipation builds. The sun, when it breaks, shatters and roils—the beginning, as always, reenacted.What is explained by all the theories put forward to date?I see the light in its great waves of relinquishment, the transparent concentric spheres it passes through,the vapors, the planets, the drops of water;the light riding its circles within each current,inside each bubble; I see it break apart, the fingers elongating, flashingloose.

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