It's a sad and beautiful world, she said,
and because she was beautiful
I wanted to believe her.
Some woman, somewhere, is already packing her things
before she knows she's leaving,
and sometimes I've had a better time
doing nothing in particular more than having
something in particular to do. I love how drink
puts you into your life as much as it removes you,
and how part of the heart opens for one
as it closes for another. I told her
I would meet her as far as the Susquehanna
because I wanted to be suggestive of Pound's Li Po.
Two people with no regrets--fire underneath
the town of Centralia for forty years--
something both prosaic and strange.
Better to have said, Recite, like prayer,
the prose of desire. Better to have said,
Yes, it's a sad and beautiful world,
paired butterflies already yellow with August,
and believed it.