Ephemera the wind forms out of snow
on river ice
confuse me, fool me, undermine
Legible runes spelled out so plain
a second ago
sift into others, a logolalia
atoms aquiver in each flake,
and quarks in the atom
quaking, and infinitesimal strings
inside each quantum,
even in that sound: flake, which once,
and worlds away,
was consubstantial with the flesh
and pared from flay.
There: gone. Ephemera . . . White runes . . .
So where was I?
Snow script: its piecemeal book: deforms
the letter Y
into a branching helix whorled around
a drifting center
its spin steadies: like a top
skating the counter.
And then the eye can trace the figure-
eight of its felony:
to have blinked aside how many motes
to have forsaken what forms of change
for sake of form:
what dunes of quicksand shifting through
the caruncle of dream,
the names I might have worn had I
been born a girl,
or elsewhere, or in such and such a time,
or under anotherworldly
sign, all drifting out of constellation
since having come
unfinished, unforeseen from my
Half matter, half wave, blurred then broken,
the flesh in flakes
caroms from world to word and back
like an atomic clock. A hush.
The wind’s gone quiet.
And the skin of the river’s sleeved in in-
refracting through me. I’d lost track of . . .
where I was. Compare
a prism, throwing light on us
piecemeal. What are
the odds a snowflake would come to rest
And the fact of its having happened –