Time passed. I gained elegance
And lost force. Fears surfaced: scorched
Linen underneath the chafing wish.
The world goes shiny, ironed. Gone in a glance.
Meanwhile, the whole day proved discouraging,
Like cherries—were they cherries?—in an orange dish.
Richard Kenney’s most recent book, The One-Strand River (Knopf),
was released in January. He teaches at the University of Washington,
in Seattle. (10/2008)