Sunday, February 24, 2013

Arthur Sze: "Frost"

Notice each windowpane has a different
Swirling pattern of frost etched on the glass.

And notice how slowly the sun melts
The glaze. It is indelible: a fossil of a fern,

Or a coelacanth, or a derelict who
Rummages in his pockets and pulls out a few

Apple cores. Notice the peculiar
angle of light in the slow shift of sunrise.

Where is the whir of the helicopter?
The search for escaped convicts in the city?

Be amazed at the shine and the wet.
Simply to live is a joy.

"Frost" by Arthur Sze, from The Redshifting Web: New & Selected Poems. © Copper Canyon Press, 1998.

Photograph: "Frost on Window," by Joni Niemelä, 2010 (originally color).

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