four whooping cranes  white discs in the distance

whites of the eyes floating in an inlet

of river;  they had flown off, then re-

turned; four floating on an inlet

of water, too far for detail, too far even

with binoculars;  four white floating ovals

in a channel, and behind them   in a line,

in a long extended line in their gray

coats, each one, wearing its feathers, one

behind the the other, brushed,      in its dignity,

grey,  along the bank of the inlet of the river,

against the bank, at the edge of the forest,

which was a pine forest,  in their gray

overcoats, each, the one more delicate than the next,

one connected to, separate from, as

in a chain of, synaptic, thought, relation-

ship, gray, grey, brushed, like a hat,

like a hat, like a hat with a hat-band, brushed,

floating, feeding, in a line, stretched and

stretching, a hundred, two hundred, more

were the sand hill cranes

 

 

 

and to the right

and forefront of the eye-whites

whooping cranes

the blackbirds in their

persistence

floating

continuum

 

 

for rafael