The sorrow of a horse standing in a stable goes on
Night and day. The plane that crashes in the desert
Holds shadows under its wings for thirty years.
Each time Rembrandt touches his pen to the page,
So many Dutch barns fly up. It’s hard to know why.
We do know earth has pulled so many nights down.
Each time a hog, caught by one leg, hangs
Upside down, he looks at the ground from above.
Our elevation suggests that the knife is approaching.
Things go on. The weight of history begins
To bend us over once more. It won’t be long before
We put our heads down on the chopping block again.
When we hear a Drupad singer with his low
Voice patiently waiting for the next breath,
We know the universe can get along without us.
The writer of this poem is forgetful like you.
For him, a century of forgetfulness can
Go by in the space of a single heartbeat.