Tomorrow early I’m going to the doctor
In the blue suit and shirt you ironed.
Tomorrow I’m having my bones photographed
With my heart in its spiked branches.
It will look like a birdnest in autumn
On a bleak day, one foot into the evening.
The tree is ill-shapen and alone in a field.
It must have been an apple, a crab apple
Tough and sour to make each tooth sore,
So that one goes off regretting, for now
The road’s dark and there are new worries,
Fast, swerving cars without headlights on.
Unknown drivers asleep at the wheel,
Because it’s such a fine, bone-chilling night.
Shadowy women are stirring black coffee,
Or they come out on the road to wait,
Wind-twisted and exquisitely blurred
In the wake of these cars that are moving
So fast or so slow, one barely hears them.
They’re like clouds, if you hear them, the dark clouds.