52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Friday, March 4, 2016

25. difficulty of using words

the concrete patio outside the glass door
ends at a concrete wall that runs

perpendicular to the door
framed by the door the patio edge

and the line at the top of the wall
perhaps three feet tall

make two horizontal vectors in
the bottom quarter of the picture

another horizontal line black and thick
is the bar for pushing open the door

and at the top a cover extending from
the building over the door (the door

is from the outside approached in
an alcove) is the same concrete color

marks another horizontal line two feet
from the top of the frame

on the right inches from the right edge
is a vertical line containing to its right

all the way to the frame bricks
means a brick wall when you

exit the door onto the patio toward the wall
this frame within the frame of the door

consisting of a roof line a brick line
and two parallel concrete lines (the wall)

frames an intensity of leaves and
branches and brown tangle of thin sticks

and some splashes like infection
brown leaves in clusters or perhaps

coloring on fur all cascading but frozen
like a photograph of a waterfall

with glimpses through to trees beyond
it and shapes (white mostly) belonging to

cars in the lot i know that's there
the tree or trees only part of them

is framed i wish i was a painter
i would paint that i'm trying

it's what a tree is its leaves and
branches swirling as pulled down

in gravity a water fall for real
so much order so many clean lines

surrounding so much that is wild
and ordered the door is in a chapel

i'm on a pew
reflected on the glass of the door is glass

from the door opposite behind me
a light rectangle within the larger frame

i am trying to describe a green waterfall
an observation deck a door inviting

the viewer to come feel the spray
hear the rushing a look over the edge

into where the water is pulled
an image of it a photograph

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