I’ve never found another name for Heaven
except heaven-here—this walk around the block—
our meeting-place-between we live our lives,
terra infirma, the green planet, my summer morning
New Orleans awakens today, just for me.
Little gods—the sun caught on a leaf,
the iridescence shimmering its gold,
the magnolia’s fallen instant in my hand
as sun encases both of us, seconds—
all documentary of the eternal.
Citizen, I wanted you to know
theologies, but I have lost my way
in stars again, come down as fallen leaves,
two, three, the ground churning with four, five, six,
these tiniest of gods I name, re-name
by close inspection, my nose to the dirt—
aphid, dung beetle, sprung rhythm of the bees.
their countless resurrection, deaths, rebirths.
it’s there. I’m walking around the block now.
Gold in the upper branches of the trees,
of course, but wilder, richer inside stars
the sidewalk opens as I lift my feet,
then set them down on hues no one has seen
except the ant, the grub, the angleworm.
They have no need for mirrors in their dark—
they know themselves by fastenings they displace—
as I do, every minute I’m awake,
even in these lines, given by them to me.
They take their reassurance from the ground
I crave in others, looking in their eyes.
I see you reading this. We’re both alive.