Another Way of Looking at a Blackbird

after Wallace Stevens

Between the road
and the field
the Mobius ditch

the ditch opens and shuts
its wings -
things fall into it

                                                                                                                        the ditch is made
                                                                                                                        from molecules of
                                                                                                                        dirt air cloud shine

                                                                                                the eye of the ditch
                                                                                                is inward-
                                                                                                     looking until
                                                                                                     it reaches
                                                                                                                     the other side

singing is
in the little
things hiding
in the ditch
                                                            the shadow of the ditch
                                                            is inside the ditch
                                                            the ditch revolves

                                                            around it

the depth of the ditch
is not certain


the ditch flies
far and wide

                 far                                                                                                  and wide


                                   when the ditch collapses
                                   things get              d i t t e r y

            Higgs is in the ditch
            only just
            holding it together

                                                                        compared to the field
                                                                        the road looks black
                                                                        and blacker
                                                                        still the ditch

one night a woman was
walking home in the dark
taking care not to stumble
into the ditch
that lay between
herself and the field
though of course she stumbled
into it anyway
and found herself
calling out
even though she knew
no-one was
there to hear

                                                                                                                                   the ditch has come
                                                                                                                          from outer space
                                                                                                              this is why
                                                                                                  .it’s so twisty


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