“First Body”

Click here to listen to Mark Conway read this poem. May and the great trees rage, white sap burned up into leaves. Turn and beneath the branches see    the actual air moving, hesitant, green.     This is when the soul knows it has a body,   by wanting to leave it.

In the morning, bowed
under blue rain, geese beat
their heavy way back
   to the city-state
of mud. Rising, the wings groan,
   trying to fly away
from the body.

was hard, the cold broke
weak and strong, together. Stay
     and watch the robins scream
over scattered barley.

     This is how we came to
love this life—
    by wanting
the next.