A Gentle Study



The beginning of a quiet study
from the gardens of the north.

In shade
and morning light
in stems, and leaves
and variation.
In the beauty of nature,
and the act of bringing
living things inside -
the slow
growing of roots
in shallow water,
the mingling of breeze
and the closing up,
drying and
falling of old
petals.
The opening of buds too.

A gentle study, unfolding
on the kitchen windowsill
and the bathroom mantelpiece,
the far right corner of my desk,
and the hallway dresser.