DPF / Lasky

For ghosts I love, from Poetry, September 2017.

from The ghost / by Dorothea Lasky

I forgot to mention that the wings were gold and green
And the winds were heavy
They held his body
Afloat in air as if in the ocean


DPF / Heaney

For the rain in Texas, which sometimes falls too little and sometimes falls so much too much, from The Spirit Level.

from The Rain Stick / by Seamus Heaney

Upend the rain stick and what happens next
Is a music that you never would have known
To listen for.

DPF / Bishop

For somehow, it’s a Bishop kind of day, the kind of day when seals carry hymns to the ocean floor, from The Collected Poems. 

from At the Fishhouses / by Elizabeth Bishop

Cold dark deep and absolutely clear,
element bearable to no mortal,
to fish and to seals . . . One seal particularly
I have seen here evening after evening.
He was curious about me. He was interested in music;
like me a believer in total immersion,
so I used to sing him Baptist hymns.

DPF / Shakespeare

For the sonnet and its ability to hold a moment, a memory, and a loved one alive forever in its tiny Pensieve, from poetryfoundation.org.

from Sonnet 18 / by William Shakespeare

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.