Outside it Is Drizzling
Outside it is drizzling, a kind of dirty
Drizzle, mixed with sleet, and still
It washes the lawn and the capital
But it chokes the sound of the whippoorwill.
Inside, you imagine the streets are flooded,
That the credit union has collapsed at last,
You fall back into a dream. You are struggling out
Of the sea, the light is unsurpassed, But a wall of ocean, twenty feet tall,
Rises, and you slip down,
Down into the trough, and you wake
And set aside the eiderdown.
The Leaf Absorbs Light
The leaf absorbs light. Electrons
Shift and free oxygen.
The boy on the second floor wears dinosaur
Pajamas. Stars’ hydrogen Creates streams of photons, they strike
The dinosaur fur, oxygen seeps
From the grass in the Faroe Islands.
The boy lies in bed and sleeps And the dream spreads throughout the room.
The air rises over a hill,
Photons stream and flood the earth
And the leaves on the forest floor in Brazil