Fall 1993 • Vol. XV No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 1993 |

The Box of the Special Silence

1. The gatekeeper to Tzu-Lu about Master Kung,  "O he's the one who knows it's no use,  but keeps on anyway." 2. You brought me a box of the most  special silence:  we opened it together.  Then it sang to us. 3. Among the branches of that winter-bare tree  all those birds chittering, chattering, flickering, fluttering,    fluting--  a hundred of them? two hundred?  And why, as if on a signal, all away? 4. I like the sky:  sometimes it talks to me.  Sometimes I don't like what it's saying.  "Snow by morning" is its current message. 5. It was difficult to say anything definite about it:  the words were climbing up ladders,  going over the top, disappearing.  Sometimes they did acrobatics together.  Then we knew, anyway, what was meant. 6. When we opened that box of silence together  we didn't know what we would find,  but it had to be something, we thought--there could hardly    be all this apparatus without some reason

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