Why are you still here? These are the late and
Earnest days. Ladies, your toes are
Gathering frost as you stand at the
Edge of this hardening lake.
Your eyes have long stopped following
Your ganders who’ve flown away from your
Slender necks and your soft feathers; I see you
Flurrying in the shredding wind.
The day is unleafing; your chatter is fierce like
Women gossiping on a southern porch over
Bowls of snap peas and fluttering fans.
Ladies, what are you doing?
The light is turning thin and you’ve
Emptied my hands of bread and benevolence.
The dimlight steps into your wings, hurrying you
To finish your business, me to turn up my collar.
The lake is freezing over and we must
Go our different ways. We say goodbye and
Leave, ridiculously believing the lake will soften
Tomorrow and I will spend next winter,
In Palm Springs.
I somehow managed to bypass Palm Springs and ended up in Phoenix. Nevertheless, my thoughts go out to those whose toes may need warming, whose stomachs may need filling this day. As our economy continues to flag, I send out my best thoughts to those who need a roof, a meal and a warm day in Phoenix.