Cold Spring (2)
Tonight, as I do when I want truth, heart, solace,
I return to Elizabeth Bishop. She
tells me about that cold spring
when the violet was flawed on the lawn
and in just a few words
has told me everything and I could go on
stealing her words, making
a much better poem but I’ll paraphrase
and make her sense mine: the next day
was much warmer and greenish-white dogwood
infiltrated (infiltrated! sing it!) the wood
and petal was burned, apparently, by a cigarette-butt.
She gets close, close-up, then we’re under
the new moon watching fireflies begin to rise,
exactly, like bubbles in champagne.
It was exactly like that. And so it was
at 6am, up to mark, pouring the first
of three strong black coffees and seeing the sun,
new, as if for the first time, high and certain.
A bird flew away from it and I cried.