If only those parakeets would settle
A little nearer to where I’m sitting, instead of at the tops of far-off
—–trees, this morning
Would be so much more remarkable.
Carolyn Miller – Why We Sleep
Vacation rental, Inverness, California
————–Because almost all the stew of spring
vegetables is gone; because only a spoonful of the homemade yogurt
————-brought from home remains; because
the fire is burning down, and the visitors have left on their long
————–drive back to the city; because
Kaveh Akbar – The Perfect Poem
In god’s gleaming empire, herds of triceratops
lunge up on their hind legs to somersault
around the plains. The angels lie in the sun
using straight pins to eat hollyhocks. Mostly
they just rub their bellies and hum quietly
Bessie Golding – Afternoon in a Claude Glass
A grasshopper stares at me backward, to soothe his painter’s eye.
He lives on thin ice.
Counting his steps to a wet leaf, like a mathematician in training he is