March

How many steps does it take

to reach the low green narrow-

 

leaves which in a dream

were slowly being devoured

 

by cows and just a few sheep.

The animals are not hungry

 

grazing beside the wicker-

chair porch, you reading and eating 

 

a nectarine almost ripe.

If we could use any of it

 

our skulls would perforate,

 

would feel filamental

light braid itself through.

 

The pasture is a lawn.

 

Closely mowed it is

a household linen,

cushioned by sod,

 

made toxic by rain, peppered

by the wings of many insects.