It is lovely
to listen to Chopin etudes
while a heavy wet snow
throughout a morning in early spring.
When one of us speaks of clearing tulip trees
from a forest at the age of twelve,
that lightning will strike an object close at hand
Only one of us senses the danger;
he is too shy to speak.
Lightning does not strike,
windows do not shatter,
the snow continues its unexpected fall;
but the face on the black marble clock explodes
much as the door to the museum gift shop exploded,
with no warning or explanation,
a minute before we arrived.
the deity has spoken
in a way that is painfully oblique.
And nothing’s changed;
we are still likely to reach for the door
that opens onto a glittering array
of meaningless paradoxes.
The possibility remains
that on a summer afternoon,
tired and very hot,
we will find shelter
at a plaza of questionable value.
We will sit down beside its fountain
and be unable to get up.