I'm a woman at a window
talking to a man outside.
on the sill. The carved
behind me wheeze with dust.
Some other leaves
underneath his shoes
flat on the canvas
(you can't hear it of course) [...]
The baby did not know. Felicia, waking early to despair that made the very light seem granite, heard faintly the morning song the baby made from the little room at the end of the hall, voicing snatches of welcome to his hands and heels, as he waite [...]
You were sent up the road
to pick centrifugal daisies with Aunt Peggy,
out of earshot of your mother's scream;
or your mother pulled the vox humana stop
to muffle shot and squeal;
and the germander is sprouting casually,
greening on ashes [...]
Plumped with 10 P. M. feeding
she's poked in by her
He's at his reading,
his desk the one ember
left burning in his domestic shade.
On the closet door one
vestigial hardrock poste [...]
A dog-cat yowling from the night,
a caterwauling to the gods
(cat-gods and tigers of that blood) the animal trip-trigger yell
in raw extremity—fanged to
the flesh, to tears. She hated.
The snarls drew her bared teeth down tight;
her flashlight shiv [...]