Monday, March 22, 2010

Maggie Dietz

Light crested as the leaves moved from
green to green, like breathing.
From the roof:jungle, cane and sea
moved from the rhythms of wind sickle
and tide--various bodies.
None more naked than the pink,
transparent lizards whose entire workings-
gut, muscle and vein- were visible to
the naked eye as they climbed the walls
visible through them.
Evenings, music and the hard-
working moon-so many chinks and spaces
through which to make patterns.
Bodies moved together in patterns
toward nakedness.
Beneath us the cats brawled, fucked,
and cried like babies, cried so high and deep
the music couldn't drown them out.
Now and then, a mango fell with a thud
or a giant moth made shapes against the flames.
The elements were welcome. Not one
thing did not hunger to be changed.
the heat ran like a river between us all.

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