Tableaux

 

tableau

( A few days after Hurricane Harvey)

I ask….

what more, what deeper, what hidden?

                                       Jane Hirschfield

 

I

Bags of spilled sand and cast-off screens

breathe on the river bank. Someone tells me

they will be gone in the morning, shifted

elsewhere in different shapes.

 

I look at the woman

as she steps in her boat and steers

into the evening glare. Her presence doesn’t stain

the burnished water with any shadow;

and I glance toward the palms

dusting the wall of an old warehouse —

wondering.

 

II

Asleep, I enter the same building

and follow its cement pillars

(moist with moss spittle)

to an open view of the park.

 

Statues molded from mesh & silt

dominate the lawn. A man kneels,

a mother crouches, a child hugs his dog

and overhead, the sun hovers

with its hind wings shimmering

on leaves & what has been felt.

 

I know it’s morning,

The morning rise of a wasp.

2 comments

  1. Wendy,

    Super job of creating atmosphere!

    I love the sounds and textures your create.

    ex: .(moist with moss spittle)

    and my skin tingled with apprehension when I read:

    “Asleep, I enter the same building

    and follow its cement pillars”

    and then the ultimate shape shifting:

    “the sun hovers

    with its hind wings shimmering

    on leaves & what has been felt.

    I know it’s morning,

    The morning rise of a wasp.”

    I love it!

    Sarah

    Like

  2. Hi Sarah

    Your wonderful thoughts and impressions are always so deeply appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to read this piece; I am glad you liked it and always appreciate your input so much!!

    Take care,
    Wendy

    Like

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