Pears on a sunlit ledge, flashes of lake,
how the poised world pressed itself
through the floating surface of that day,
how the manifest made its mark.
The heavy snow has split the oak out front,
its right branch lodges in a parked car’s roof
and splays across the windshield and the hood.
In the Serengeti four elephants rest without heads,
bodies rising like boulders from the plain…
An amputated leg, they say, tingles,
an ear long deaf still jangles the brain:
the body asserts the integrity of its parts…
From the new year, dolphins began dying
by the thousands, and those were the ones we saw,
their bodies washed up on the beaches…