trying not to fail as a witness
I listen and look
under the sun's brass and even
into the moonlight, but I can't hear
not the pale roots digging down, nor the green stalks muscling up,
nor the leaves
deepening their damp pleats,
nor the shucks, nor the cobs.
grow taller and thicker --
green gowns lofting up in the night,
showered with silk.
I fail as a witness, seeing nothing --
I am deaf too
to the tick of the leaves,
all of it
beyond any seeable proof, or hearable hum.
Let the unknowable touch the buckle of my spine.
Let the wind turn in the trees,
and the mystery hidden in the dirt
How could I look at anything in this world
and tremble, and grip my hands over my heart?
What should I fear?
in the leafy green ocean
the honeycomb of the corn's beautiful body
is sure to be there.