The watery feel is there in "The Japanese garden":
It might be under water,
the birds be fish, colored in. And you,
maksed reader: the glance
of your underwater lamp,
your blackwater embrace---
not bought or sold.
True, Valentine's elephants appear to be plants.
The coincidence of blue in the remarkable "Then Abraham," combining the Abraham/Isaac story with a Vermeer painting:
Still, all the history of the world
happens at once: In the rain, a young man
holds out a blue cloth
to caress her head...
And the coincidence of reading the phrase "in a rainstorm" in a rainstorm this morning, one we needed, though it weighed down the branch of Rose of Sharon with its last lavender blooms.
Lucy is also known as "'Dinkenesh,' an Amharic language term meaning 'You are beautiful.'" And arouses our empathy. "No one is so tender in her scream." And connection:
when my scraped-out child died Lucy
you hold her, all the time.
And when I read, "The nine wild turkeys come up calmly to the porch / to see you, Lucy," I recalled our neighborhood flock of wild turkeys, their calm visits to us all, driveway by driveway, yard by yard.
I loved "Outsider Art" for itself, for the artist it celebrates, Martin Ramirez, and for its astonishing end to writer's block:
When writing came back to me
I prayed with lipstick
on the windshield
as I drove.
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