Shadow of three green rose leaves between circle 
of light on ceiling and the surface of the plane 
it falls across, line of lip in relation to left 
eye of the subject. Black and white photograph 
of man in blue sweatshirt holding grey and white 
striped cat on his lap, left hand of the woman 
on right knee of girl who took it. DiMaggio 
liking fight game and girls and especially 
blondes, Monroe thinking him unlike usual 
Hollywood guys she used to hang around with. 
Woman with hair pulled back kneeling down beside 
man sitting beside short-haired woman whose left 
knee is crossed, an accumulation of blue adding 
up to Platonic idea of it. Grey gull on red 
buoy below line of horizon, blue and white 
reflection of sky in water across which motion 
of small swells approaches.


Interval of silence between cries of invisible 
red-tailed hawk positioned in eucalyptus branch 
behind the pine, small green tree frog stretched 
between blue of sky in flat plane and the window 
it leans against. Man on phone taking pictures 
of grain elevators in Idaho, silver-haired man 
thinking of the time he watched himself leave 
his body to walk on the water 100 yards away. 
Shoulder of the ridge sloping to the right below 
pale blue streak in grey-white sky, lone pelican 
disappearing into space beyond the viewer’s left 
shoulder. Man with shaved head walking with boy 
up steep hillside under full moon light, leaving 
him in front of a rock. Dark shape of the moth 
with wings pulled back on the upper right side 
of the frame, a second smaller one flickering 
about in the outside dark.


Two small birds lifting from corner into blue 
absence of clouds in otherwise motionless sky, 
the larger brown one angling over the passion 
vine-covered fence. Woman with hair just cut 
asking long-haired son to pull his back, short- 
haired woman in red V-neck sweater leaning over 
to look at a book on the table. Left shoulder 
in grey jacket feeling a non-Platonic current 
arriving from right shoulder in black jacket 
beside it, dream of first ex-wife wondering 
whether he wanted to kiss her when he felt 
desire coming from her lips. Driver seeing 
everything slow down at 241 mph, small black 
stones on the track for example. A thin blue 
white line of cloud in blue-white sky parallel 
to horizontal line of ridge below it, brighter 
white line of jet passing ahead of its sound.