Elisabeth Lloyd Burkhalter
So you find yourself at the terminus, and now what.
It’s Sunday. The apartment, but for you & the orchid that
under your uncare will close into its own
extravagance, is empty.
Bits of human voice
slap your window open—schoolboys downwind, twin cowlicks.
of a sparrow shot through the sky. It’s Fall.
You checked your past at the departure gate and did not
for your new life claim it. The question’s flipped
from Where to How.
Brilliant talcum light follows you
everywhere like a neglected lover. Haven’t you lately been
steeple wire pigeon pine
No, spruce This autumn
its palette burnt shades of the city
birch tree plane tree unnamed tree
nos. 1–53 All calico
the colors can’t stay still, and you
just as unfixed.
They call the in-laws here Imported Pieces.
Black iron plaques mark
who was taken from these buildings, for which war.
this is not your history.
Dear stranger, it’s 3 o’clock.
know more than you know already.