Clouds mitigate the sun. In this
there is no defense. One can stipulate
that clear summer days are often unreasonably
intruded upon by vaporous encumbrances.
And that finally, is just another way
of saying the same thing. All of it
provokes challenge, update, a valid
interruption of what one sees. The leopard,
for instance, lounging on the limb
can only account for the weapon of himself, his dangling legs,
the inventory of claw and tooth. He has no knives.
He is the lance of himself–that which he throws
at the zebra and the wildebeest. No lawyers
concocting mediation. Nature does not
encourage the tête-à-tête. Form is a matter
for a judge, critics to make their case for.
In the mean-
time, no matter what, no one wants to go