First Date


The couple at the table beside us

are, no doubt, on a first date.

He’s talking about travel plans – a beach –

she’s quite casually looking at her watch.

More coffee? No, thank you. I’m good.



You Come Too

I went out to feel the equinox.
I raked leaves away from young shoots,
and connected the hose, washed away mud
until the walkway was clear. I wasn’t
gone long, but my coffee was cold.


Conversation With An Angel

who wasn’t interested in life and death

talk over our coffee. “Beauty’s the start of terror,”

he said. “that we can hardly bear.”

“One of your poets actually said that.

You adore serene scorn. Every angel’s terrifying.”

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The conversation is, in part, from Rilke’s cycle of poems that he called Duino Elegies. They talk about the differences between angels and people, and that human beings are put on earth in order to experience the beauty of ordinary things.