Stephen Ratcliffe


C O N T I N U U M

9.24

grey whiteness of fog against invisible

ridge, jay calling from shadowed branch

in foreground, sound of wave in channel

 

in various places this idea,

one talks about talks

 

in the midst of silence, is

thus that was, itself

 

lines of white clouds in pale blue sky,

cormorant flapping across toward point

9.25

grey whiteness of fog against invisible

ridge, bird chirping on shadowed branch

in foreground, sound of wave in channel

 

the condition of some being

which, also concealed

 

that it was meant, relation

to terms, idea of its

 

grey white of fog against top of ridge,

shadowed green pine on tip of sandspit

9.26

grey whiteness of fog against invisible

ridge, crow flapping toward pine branch

in foreground, sound of wave in channel

 

inertia of body, experience

body inside of itself

 

with respect to, on account

of, is transformed in

 

grey white of fog against top of ridge,

pelican flapping across toward horizon

9.27

light coming into fog against invisible

ridge, blackness of black pine branches

in foreground, wave sounding in channel

 

“breath enclosed,” position

as “real” as in which

 

window, outside-in reversed,

incoming yellow light

 

grey white of fog reflected in channel,

cormorant flapping across toward point

Stephen Ratcliffe’s most recent books are CLOUD / RIDGE, Conversation, and Selected Days. He lives in Bolinas and teaches at Mills College in Oakland.