Spring 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 2 PoetryJanuary 1, 1968 |

Once More

Once more by the brook the alder leaves turn mauve, bronze, violet, beautiful after the green of crude summer; galled black stems, pithy, tangled, twist in the flesh-colored vines of wild cyclamen. Mist drifts below the mountaintop in prismatic tatters. The brook is full, spilling down heavily, loudly, in silver spate from the beaver ponds in the high marshy meadows. The year is sinking: heavily, loudly, beautifully. Deer move heavily in the brush like bears, half-drunk on masty acorns and rotten wild apples. The pileated woodpecker thumps a dead elm slowly, irregularly, meditatively. Like a broken telephone a cricket rings without assertion in dead asters and goldenrod; asters gone cloudy with seed, goldenrod burnt and blackened. A gray trout rests under the lip of glacial stone. One by one the alder leaves plunge down to earth, veering, and lie there, glowing, like a shirt of Nessus. My heart in my ribs does what it has done occasionally all my life: thumps and heaves suddenly in

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