David Appelbaum

David Appelbaum has worked in the university and in publishing, and is an author who specializes in the work of writing.  His most recent books include notes on water: an aqueous phenomenology [Monkfish, 2018].

hummingbird to the window

 

I’m all used up

 

hearing me say I’m done

 

meaning dry  finished  history

 

flown in from South America

distance and time

vibrate with true feeling

 

my own thoughts

and fingerprints

their glorious stuff

 

we look

(if bird eyes are frontal)

and nod words across

the thin glass pane

 

—can we come down

from the clouds now?

 

—yes, but only for a short

visit

 

 

 

lesson

 

one small crow

to  larger one

listening

 

isn’t it time

(that doesn’t exist)

 

to learn

once and for all

 

the difference

it makes

 

to pass over

the seed bed

for the corn silk

and kernels

 

to survey it all?

 

whereas the other

heard

 

to crow

is to count

 

the future present

among one’s possessions

 

and eat here now