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Dubie, Norman    Poet's Biography
187 poems available by this author


A DREAM OF THREE SISTERS    Poem Text    
First Line: From night rocks, above an ocean alive with yellow kelp
Last Line: Being wholly ordinary.
Subject(s): Animals; Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834); Dogs; Murder; Mythology - Classical; Poetry & Poets


A FIFTEENTH CENTURY ZEN MASTER    Poem Text    
First Line: A blind girl steps over the red staves
Last Line: Master, where is the difference?
Subject(s): Buddhism; Creation; Desire; Buddha; Buddhists


A GENESIS TEXT FOR LARRY LEVIS, WHO DIED ALONE    Poem Text    
First Line: It will always happen -- the death of a friend
Last Line: But where was that woman and her snake when we needed them?
Subject(s): Aging; Death; Friendship; Levis, Larry (1946-1996); Memory; Men; Dead, The


A GRANDFATHER'S LAST LETTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Elise, I have your valentine with the red shoes. I have
Last Line: Where I am going.
Subject(s): Children; Death; Grandchildren; Grandparents; Letters; Parents; Spiritual Life; Childhood; Dead, The; Grandsons; Granddaughters; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Parenthood


A PHYSICAL MOON BEYOND PATERSON    Poem Text    
First Line: William carlos williams had finished
Last Line: The holiest dish to whiteness passing over...
Subject(s): Birth; Happiness; New Jersey; Rebirth; Snow; Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963); Child Birth; Midwifery; Joy; Delight


A RENUNCIATION OF THE DESERT PRIMROSE; FOR J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER    Poem Text    
First Line: I am tired of the black and white photograph
Last Line: I have fallen behind...
Subject(s): Nuclear War; Oppenheimer, Julius Robert (1904-1967); Regret; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


A SKELETON FOR MR. PAUL IN PARADISE; AFTER ALLAN GUISINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the fine cataracts of falling mountain water
Last Line: While dressed in ice skates and the long green gown.
Subject(s): Heaven; Loss; Moose; Skeletons; Paradise


A TRUE STORY OF GOD       
First Line: Henry thoreau is lost in the maine woods
Last Line: Snapping from the flames like gunfire.
Subject(s): Cruelty; Forests; Maine (State); Moose; Nature; Order; Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862); Woods


A WIDOW SPEAKS TO THE AURORA'S OF A DECEMBER NIGHT       
First Line: My yard with its pines is almost spherical in winter
Last Line: Falling off the dangerous, true edge of daylight.
Subject(s): Night; Quiet Life; Widows & Widowers; Winter; Bedtime


ABOUT INFINITY; AFTER H.H., THE 17TH KARMAPA       
First Line: There are stonebreakers in straw hats
Last Line: Running in a running stream.
Subject(s): Death; Dreams; Fathers; Flowers; Dead, The; Nightmares


ACCIDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: He stood in a green stand of corn
Last Line: Of the dying animals strewn out behind them.
Subject(s): Accidents; Cattle; Corn; Fathers & Daughters; Railroads; Railways; Trains


AFTER THREE PHOTOGRAPHS OF BRASSAI    Poem Text    
First Line: A whore moves a basin of green antiseptic water
Last Line: It falls stiff like a drunk, like a drunk falling onto a whore.
Subject(s): Brassai [gyula Halsz] (1899-1984); Life Change Events; Photography & Photographers; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


AMEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Someone calls duchess, our fawn great dane, back
Last Line: Rising from ethel rosenberg's hair.
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Deer; Dogs; Hunting; Primitive Man; Rosenberg Case; Dead, The; Hunters; Cavemen; Rosenberg, Ethel; Rosenberg, Julius


AN AMERICAN SCENE       
First Line: I reach beyond the laboratory brain. The brass
Last Line: The brain glowed in the dark above us.
Subject(s): Escapes; Lust; Science; Fugitives; Scientists


AN ANNUAL OF THE DARK PHYSICS    Poem Text    
First Line: The baltic sea froze in 1307. Birds flew south
Last Line: Nothing happened that was worthy of poetry.
Subject(s): Baltic Sea; Eckehart, Johannes (Meister) (1260-1327); Lent; Mary Magdalen; Suicide; Women In The Bible; Eckhart, Meister; Mary Magdalene


AN OLD WOMAN'S VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: No better day to come
Last Line: Like a sucking stone going down...
Subject(s): Death; Old Age; Reunions; Dead, The


ANAGRAM BORN OF MADNESS AT CZERNOWITZ, 12 NOVEMBER 1920    Poem Text    
First Line: They were the strong nudes of a forgotten
Last Line: "hold on to me and we'll sing."
Subject(s): Celan, Paul (1920-1970); Czernowitz (Chernvits), Romania; Korean War, 1950-1953; Nuclear War; Atomic Bomb; Hydrogen Bomb


ANCESTRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: The wet polish of horizon
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry


ANIMA POETA: A CHRISTMAS ENTRY FOR THE SUICIDE, MAYAKOVSKY       
First Line: It has nothing to do with the warmth of moonset
Last Line: Much later in your life you joined them.
Subject(s): Mayakovsky, Vladimir (1893-1930); Suicide; World War I; First World War


ARKHANGEL'SK    Poem Text    
First Line: The yellow goat in winter sunlight
Last Line: Bullets rippling like moles under the plaster.
Subject(s): Death; Goats; Lent; Prisoners Of War; Russia - Stalin Era; Stalin, Joseph (1879-1953); Dead, The


ARS POETICA    Poem Text    
First Line: It is almost polio season. The girls
Last Line: Considering how beautiful she was.
Subject(s): Dreams; Girls; Massachusetts; Memory; Poetry & Poets; Smoking; Nightmares; Tobacco; Pipes; Cigars; Cigarettes


ARS POETICA: A STONE SOUP    Poem Text    
First Line: There's the obese three-quarters moon of aquinas
Last Line: What else?
Subject(s): Bell, Marvin; Poetry & Poets


AT MIDSUMMER       
First Line: We had been in the tall grass for hours
Last Line: You smile and cross over me like a welcome storm.
Subject(s): Facades; Man-woman Relationships; Sleep; Appearances; Male-female Relations


AT THE DEATH OF A MONGOLIAN PEASANT       
First Line: The trees turned around as if to quarrel with him
Last Line: And some simple wretchedness unto bliss.
Subject(s): Cold; Death; Mongols And Mongolia; Peasantry; Salvation; Dead, The


AUBADE OF THE SINGER AND SABOTEUR, MARIE TRISTE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the twenties, I would visit dachau often with my brother
Last Line: Two of the old miracles. They were not my choices.
Subject(s): Brothers & Sisters; Concentration Camps; Dachau, Germany; Flowers; Music & Musicians; World War Ii - Atrocities


BAPTISMAL       
First Line: The lightning inside the black cloud put slabs
Last Line: To walk over the fire like a lake.
Subject(s): Baptism; Fire; Christenings


BELLEVUE EXCHANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: A large man rowing in a white tub
Last Line: To the floor. The water climbing for him.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Fantasy; Fog; Imagination; Water; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Haze; Fancy


BELLS IN THE ENDTIME OF GYURMEY TSULTRIM    Poem Text    
First Line: The bowl made from a tobacco-yellow skull
Last Line: Something has begun...
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Chaplin, Charlie (1889-1977); Future Life; Lightning; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Retribution; Eternity; After Life; Lightning Rods


BOOK OF THE JASPERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear ahyum lo nasa vueh: marie, this is the name of the dead
Subject(s): Buddhism; Buddha; Buddhists


BOOK OF THE JEWEL WORM    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamt of wild horses bathing in white water again.
Subject(s): Buddhism; Buddha; Buddhists


BUFFALO CLOUDS OVER THE MAESTRO HOON    Poem Text    
First Line: It was a useless thing to do with the morning
Last Line: Still strange to one another while on their honeymoons.
Subject(s): Animals; Beauty; Courage; Ignorance; Lions; Niagara Falls; Waterfalls; Valor; Bravery; Dullness; Stupdity


CHEMIN DE FER       
First Line: A chapel has fallen into ruins
Last Line: Its severed goose-wing of snow.
Subject(s): Churches; Dreams; Francis Assisi, Saint (1181-1226); Ruins; Saints; Cathedrals; Nightmares


COLERIDGE CROSSING THE PLAIN OF JARS       
First Line: The gypsies carry sacks of walnuts out of groves
Last Line: Was in her eyes like a widow's soul.
Subject(s): Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834); Gypsies; Marriage; Poetry & Poets; Severn, Joseph (1793-1879); Snow; Gipsies; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


COMES WINTER, THE SEA HUNTING       
First Line: This was your very first wall, your crib against
Last Line: Through...
Subject(s): Birth; Fathers & Daughters; Ice; Poverty; Sea; Walls; Child Birth; Midwifery; Ocean


CONFESSION    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The general's men sit at the door. Her eyes
Last Line: It has kept you from loneliness like a mob.
Subject(s): Collective Behavior; Corpses; Mobs; Crowds; Cadavers


COYOTE CREEK       
First Line: It was a small canyon, very small
Last Line: While the sun sank all at once behind him.
Subject(s): Family Life; Gifts & Giving; Nature; Prayer; Relatives


DANSE MACABRE    Poem Text    
First Line: The broken oarshaft was stuck in the hill
Last Line: Its cruel nail to its true pencil.
Subject(s): Animals; Boats; Horses


DESCENT INTO THE HOURS OF THE PEREGRINE       
First Line: A wet umbrella is open in the tub. It's midnight
Last Line: Streaming from the corners of its mouth.
Subject(s): Animals; Aviation & Aviators; Cats; Children; Night; Paper; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Childhood; Bedtime


DOUBLE SPHERE, CLOVEN SPHERE       
First Line: The black clouds swell up around the setting sun
Last Line: Taking us over the horizon into atmosphere.
Subject(s): Farewell; Love Affairs; Winter; Parting


DREAM       
First Line: It was the sung dynasty
Last Line: The waterfall stopped.
Subject(s): China; Dreams; Love Affairs; Tatars; Nightmares; Tartars


ELEGIES FOR THE OCHER DEER ON THE WALLS AT LASCAUX       
First Line: You are hearing a distant, almost familiar, french cradlesong
Last Line: A white baton flew up!
Subject(s): Caves; China; Clergy; Deer; France; Lament; Caverns; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops


ELEGY ASKING THAT IT BE THE LAST; FOR INGRID ERHARDT, 1951-1971    Poem Text    
First Line: There's a bird the color of mustard. The bird
Last Line: This is a world set apart from ours. It is not!
Subject(s): Animals; Birds; Courts & Courtiers; Horses; Lament; Scotland; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens


ELEGY FOR MY BROTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll walk awhile, maybe as high as the tree line
Last Line: And watch the door now being closed behind you...
Subject(s): Brothers; Death; Farewell; Memory; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791); Half-brothers; Dead, The; Parting


ELEGY FOR WRIGHT & HUGO    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Saint jerome lived with a community
Last Line: He was a saint. It was like that...
Subject(s): Animals; Donkeys; Hugo, Richard (1923-1982); Jerome, Saint (347-419); Lament; Lions; Wright, James (1927-1980); Burros


ELEGY TO THE PULLEY OF SUPERIOR OBLIQUE       
First Line: The three girls in a donkey cart
Last Line: Of death is instant, contrived.
Subject(s): Death; Disease; Girls; Lament; Warsaw Ghetto; World War Ii - Atrocities; Dead, The


ELEGY TO THE SIOUX    Poem Text    
First Line: The vase was made of clay
Last Line: Out of the sky into montana...
Subject(s): Birth; Genocide; Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); Native Americans; Small Pox; Child Birth; Midwifery; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


ELIZABETH'S WAR WITH THE CHRISTMAS BEAR: 1601    Poem Text    
First Line: The bears are kept by hundreds within fences, are fed cracked / eggs
Last Line: Every inch of you, a terrible vision, not bear, but virgin!
Subject(s): Animals; Bears; Bones; Christmas; Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603; Nativity, The


ELSINORE IN THE LATE ANCIENT AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear a dead march. A thin wrist is mincing roses
Last Line: They buried me.
Subject(s): Death; Loyalty; Secrets; Shakespeare - Hamlet; Dead, The


FEBRUARY: THE BOY BREUGHEL    Poem Text    
First Line: The birches stand in their beggar's row
Last Line: A sunrise. The snow.
Subject(s): Animals; Breughel The Elder, Pieter (1530-1569); Foxes; Rabbits; Red (Color); Violence; White (Color); Brueghel The Elder, Pieter; Bruegel The Elder, Pieter; Hares


FEVER        Recitation by Author
First Line: In your sleep you talked
Last Line: I love you too.
Subject(s): Fever; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Sleep; Talk; Male-female Relations


FOR MILAREPA, IN RUSE, ON PAPER    Poem Text    
First Line: These farmers dressed in gold and blue
Last Line: In their pear tree will be forgiven.
Variant Title(s): For Confucius, In Ruse, On Rice Paper
Subject(s): Disdain; Farm Life; Poetry & Poets; Scorn; Agriculture; Farmers


FOR RANDALL JARRELL, 1914-1965    Poem Text    
First Line: All the dead are eating little yellow peas
Last Line: Into this world or some other. And between.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; Death; Jarrell, Randall (1914-1965); Wisdom; Inspiration; Creativity; Dead, The


GENTLY BENT TO EASE US'; FOR BILL KNOTT    Poem Text    
First Line: The rainmakers are these second growths
Last Line: Like the emerald gear of a long-dead martyred king.
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Creative Ability; Mexico; Heritage; Heredity; Inspiration; Creativity


GHOST    Poem Text    
First Line: If a man stands by a pin oak emptying
Last Line: "it's like a tub overflowing onto a floor."
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Ghosts; Marriage; Suicide; Supernatural; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


GHOSTS ON THE NORTHERN LAND OF UR; CIRCA 2100 C.E.    Poem Text    
First Line: With bits of pale colored chalk
Last Line: That is still being slaughtered in our childhood...
Subject(s): Buddhism; Echoes; Sickness; Time; War; Buddha; Buddhists; Illness


GOYA        Recitation by Author
First Line: Rounds of bone and blood-rag scatter


GRAND ILLUSION    Poem Text    
First Line: It is not 1937 for long. A clump of ash trees and a walk
Last Line: Their uncle still casting images of animals for them...
Subject(s): Motion Pictures; Renoir, Jean (1894-19979); Violence; World War I; Movies; Cinema; First World War


GRANDMOTHER       
First Line: A spider floats from the apple tree
Last Line: Had proved to be there at all.
Subject(s): Comfort; Ghosts; Grandparents; Insects; Spiders; Supernatural; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Bugs


GROOM FALCONER; CIRCA 1903    Poem Text    
First Line: Out walking along the river
Last Line: One reserves for a ghost.
Subject(s): Children; Insomnia; Self-mutilation; Childhood; Sleeplessness


HER MONOLOGUE OF DARK CREPE WITH EDGES OF LIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Mistress adrienne, I have been given a bed with a pink dresser
Last Line: Don't hear from you I will try to understand. Chloe.
Subject(s): Adventure & Adventurers; American Revolution; Girls; Librarians & Libraries; Murder; Teaching & Teachers; Library; Librarians; Educators; Professors


HOMAGE TO PHILIP K. DICK; FOR PAUL COOK    Poem Text    
First Line: The illegal ditch riders of the previous night
Last Line: "his prophet."" stop it. Please stop it."
Subject(s): Cody, William (Buffalo Bill) (1846-1917); Consumerism; Dick, Philip Kindred (1928-1982); God


HUMMINGBIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: They will be without arms like god
Last Line: Who are wretched.
Subject(s): Death - Animals; God; Hummingbirds


IBIS; FOR LORI GOLDENSOHN    Poem Text    
First Line: There is the long dream in the afternoon
Last Line: All of his new body away from me.
Subject(s): Birds; Household Employees; Ovid (43 B.c.-17 A.d.); Rain; Sleep; Servants; Domestics; Maids


IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS THE END OF SOLITUDE, BEGINNING AGAIN:    Poem Text    
First Line: A painter, thin with auburn hair, works before an easel
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters


IN THE TIME OF FALSE MESSIAHS; CIRCA 1648    Poem Text    
First Line: He sat in the shade of trees at moonrise
Last Line: Everywhere below him there was hope.
Subject(s): Clergy; Famine; Hope; Poland; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Optimism


IN THESE STREETS WITH THE BINARY TREES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Yesterday, in a refusal
Subject(s): Trees


INSIDE THE CITY WALLS       
First Line: A small boy in shock with a blue popsicle
Last Line: Where the foot is first firmly planted...
Subject(s): Death; Grief; Dead, The; Sorrow; Sadness


JEREMIAD    Poem Text    
First Line: After a night of opium and alcohol, edgar poe
Last Line: As they sometimes will in baltimore.
Subject(s): Drugs & Drug Abuse; Food & Eating; Hallucinations & Illusions; Parks; Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849); Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


LA PAMPA       
First Line: The dead truck sits in the shimmering wheat
Last Line: In white pajamas and turquoise slippers.
Subject(s): Brothers; Fathers; Graves; Librarians & Libraries; Half-brothers; Tombs; Tombstones; Library; Librarians


LAMENTATIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: The scrub woman for the old bank and jailhouse
Last Line: One is of welcome; the other, farewell.
Subject(s): Farewell; Lament; Loss; Man-woman Relationships; World War Ii; Parting; Male-female Relations; Second World War


LE MONDE    Poem Text    
First Line: The early morning stench


LOOKING UP FROM TWO RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS TO MASSACRE TIANANMEN SQUARE       
First Line: Fruit flies lift off the bowl of brown pears
Last Line: Will drag over the ground.
Subject(s): Irony; Paintings & Painters; Tiananmen Square Incident, 1989


LORD MYTH       
First Line: A shadow through the room, a rising
Last Line: A black feather plunges through the spiraling smoke.
Subject(s): Desire; Man-woman Relationships; Ravens; Male-female Relations


MARGARET'S SPEECH    Poem Text    
First Line: I'm a frogman. Naked by the water
Last Line: Who knows that I bleach my hair.
Variant Title(s): Margaret
Subject(s): Drowning; Man-woman Relationships; Secrets; Male-female Relations


MEISTER ECKHART    Poem Text    
First Line: All day the snow festered
Last Line: And he meant it.
Subject(s): Cold; Eckehart, Johannes (Meister) (1260-1327); God; Inquisition; Mysticism; Eckhart, Meister


MONOLOGUE OF TWO MOONS, NUDES WITH CRESTS: 1938       
First Line: Once, lily and I fell from a ladder
Last Line: Twigs, leaves, and an infinite black string.
Subject(s): Accidents; Adolescence; Desire; Gays & Lesbians; Teen Agers; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


NEAR THE BRIDGE OF SAINT-CLOUD; AFTER ROUSSEAU       
First Line: A swollen infant under a tree, rose petals
Last Line: Equal to childhood, throughout the kingdoms of the east.
Subject(s): Babies; Drugs & Drug Abuse; Paintings & Painters; Rousseau, Theodore (1812-1867); Infants; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


NEW AGE AT AIRPORT MESA       
First Line: My husband was hanging wet sheets, almost in disbelief
Last Line: I told her I was done feeling sorry for myself.
Subject(s): Canyons; Hearts; Gays & Lesbians; Laundry & Laundering; Self-pity; Widows & Widowers; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


NEW ENGLAND, AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Our daughter dreamt of magnolias
Last Line: I woke with a start as if we had set an alarm.
Subject(s): Blood; Dreams; Family Life; New England; Nightmares; Relatives


NEW ENGLAND, SPRINGTIME       
First Line: Emerson thought the bride had one eye
Last Line: Cattle cars rattling by at sunset.
Subject(s): Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882); Missionaries & Missions; New England; Spring


NINE BLACK POPPIES FOR CHAC    Poem Text    
First Line: The junta was jubilant around the mortised fountain
Last Line: Irrigating pink in the eternal spring rains.
Subject(s): Bodies; Faith; Murder; Poppies; War; Belief; Creed


NINETEEN FORTY    Poem Text    
First Line: The sun just drops down through the poplars
Last Line: Individual wild ducks scraped and screamed in along a marsh.
Subject(s): England; Evening; Woolf, Virginia (1882-1941); World War Ii; Writing & Writers; English; Sunset; Twilight; Second World War


NORTHWIND ESCARPMENT       
First Line: The mirrors in the hall were a strange backwater
Last Line: We always knew it was possible.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Tides; Male-female Relations


NOT THE CUCKOLD'S DREAM; FOR SAM PEREIRA       
First Line: He lifts the white skiff up onto the beach. It is easter
Last Line: I will marry, he thought of the fish...
Subject(s): Drowning; Easter; Fish & Fishing; Holidays; Man-woman Relationships; The Resurrection; Anglers; Male-female Relations


NOVEMBER 23, 1989; AFTER BLAKE       
First Line: Two rising flukes of green water
Last Line: Must bear away the most meat.
Subject(s): Blake, William (1757-1827); Nature - Religious Aspects; Order; Sea; Ocean


ODE TO THE SPECTRAL THIEF, ALPHA    Poem Text    
First Line: The way grapes will cast a green rail
Last Line: And there was a greater acceptance of mirrors, and rhyme.
Subject(s): Nature; Story-telling; Time


OF POLITICS, & ART    Poem Text    
First Line: Here, on the farthest point of the peninsula
Last Line: God-rendering voice of a storm.
Subject(s): Melville, Herman (1819-1891); Nostalgia; Politics & Government; Storms; Teaching & Teachers; Tuberculosis; Women; Educators; Professors; Consumption (Pathology)


OLD NIGHT AND SLEEP       
First Line: A cold rain falls through empty nests, a cold rain
Last Line: Some new sense of days being counted.
Subject(s): Rain; Sleep


ON THE CHINESE ABDUCTION OF TIBET'S CHILD PANCHEN LAMA    Poem Text    
First Line: The commandant, black chen, has walked
Last Line: From somewhere they believe they've never been.
Subject(s): China; Lamas; Persecution; Tibet


ORATION: HALF-MOON IN VERMONT    Poem Text    
First Line: A horse is shivering flies off its ribs, grazing
Last Line: Doesn't poverty just fucking break your heart?
Subject(s): Animals; Birds; Girls; Politics & Government; Horses; Owls; Poverty; Vermont


PARISH    Poem Text    
First Line: God only knows what he'd been doing. Painting or sewing?
Last Line: Of them vanishing into the hills.
Subject(s): Death; Escapes; Morticians; Dead, The; Fugitives


PASTORAL    Poem Text    
First Line: It happened so fast. Fenya was in the straight
Last Line: The vigil of astonishment.
Subject(s): Breast Feeding; Death; Fathers & Daughters; Nursing (Infants); Dead, The


PENELOPE       
First Line: I have looked for you at the familiar center
Last Line: Who in the dead thesis of voyage, avoids me.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Patience; Penelope (Mythology); Ulysses; Odysseus


PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION; FOR PAMELA STEWART    Poem Text    
First Line: It's best, when watching the surprising levitations
Last Line: Set aside like land, will be blessed by rain.
Subject(s): Children; Dwarfs; Music & Musicians; Relationships; Childhood


POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: A mule kicked out in the trees. An early
Last Line: And drove some more — unable to sleep in missouri.
Subject(s): Dolls; Funerals; Girls; Grief; Missouri; Toys; Burials; Sorrow; Sadness


POEM FOR MY FRIEND, CLARE. OR, WITH WHITE STUPAS WE REMEMBER BUDDHA       
First Line: So when the gods wearing their colored cloaks of nearness
Last Line: "here's a beautiful postcard of five white stupas in nepal."
Subject(s): Buddhism; Honor; Memory; Self-criticism; Self-righteousness; Buddha; Buddhists


POPHAM OF THE NEW SONG: 1       
First Line: Neither all nor any angels arrive in the mind where
Last Line: Out in the first mud and forsythia. Far outside.
Subject(s): Angels; Children; Memory; Reason; Time; Childhood; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


POPHAM OF THE NEW SONG: 2       
First Line: And so a man I love says fifteen years is all he has
Last Line: Each other's hair. They don't believe in me or you.
Subject(s): Children; Death; Love; Men; Reason; Stairs; Childhood; Dead, The; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals


POPHAM OF THE NEW SONG: 3. OPPOSITION       
First Line: Four farmers seen through an open window falling asleep
Last Line: "that letter fly between her knees."" they are drunk."
Subject(s): Birds; Farm Life; Man-woman Relationships; Omens; Reproduction; Agriculture; Farmers; Male-female Relations; Mating


POPHAM OF THE NEW SONG: 4. LES PAPILLONS NOIRS       
First Line: A black sedan draws along the woods stopping
Last Line: "what to throw away."
Subject(s): Bodies; Daffodils; Habits; War; Women


POPHAM OF THE NEW SONG: 5; FOR R.P. BLACKMUR       
First Line: There are the countless, returning new england widows
Last Line: With alabaster. And suffer affliction like an insect.
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Habits; New England; Widows & Widowers


POPHAM OF THE NEW SONG: 6. THE JOYOUS, THE LAKE       
First Line: How two women can be the same, for instance, in poland
Last Line: Drops down from a tree in the sun in marseille.
Subject(s): Boats; Warsaw, Poland; Women; World War Ii; Second World War


POPHAM OF THE NEW SONG: 7. SONG       
First Line: A bird drops down from a tree in the sun in marseille
Last Line: No longer a bitter poem; no longer a poem that could continue!
Subject(s): Birds; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Marseilles, France; Nazis; Poetry & Poets; Male-female Relations; National Socialism


PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA: EINSTEIN'S EXILE IN AN OLD DUTCH WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: My theory withstood the light of the hyades
Last Line: The rose of all roses!
Subject(s): Descartes, Rene (1596-1650); Einstein, Albert (1879-1955); Imagination; Mathematics; Order; Fancy


PROLOGUE SPEAKING IN TONGUES        Recitation by Author


RADIO SKY    Poem Text    
First Line: The blue house at mills cross
Last Line: Drifting under the familiar worn sheet.
Subject(s): Comfort; Cruelty; Family Life; Infertility; Relatives


REVELATION 20:11-15       
First Line: He was a farmboy who had drowned that wednesday
Last Line: We were amazed.
Subject(s): Boys; Death; Drowning; Farm Life; Dead, The; Agriculture; Farmers


REVELATIONS; CIRCA 1948    Poem Text    
First Line: I made no sound, at all, like the wintering
Last Line: I watched. And made no sound...
Subject(s): Aliens; Jerusalem; Silence; World War Ii; Extraterrestrials; Second World War


RIDDLE    Poem Text    
First Line: The snow lifts into the beards of sycamores.


SAFE CONDUCT       
First Line: The snowplow was a rattling iron box
Last Line: As distant as this world.
Subject(s): Death; Grandchildren; Grandparents; Plowing & Plowmen; Snow; Dead, The; Grandsons; Granddaughters; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


SANCTUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: My sister got me the script, I couldn't
Last Line: Is sitting accusingly at the foot of my bed.
Subject(s): Actors & Actresses; Death; Dreams; Morgues; Motion Pictures; Unfaithfulness; Actresses; Dead, The; Nightmares; Movies; Cinema; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


SASQUATCH    Poem Text    
First Line: I am not a costume
Last Line: After cleaning his boots and his knife
Subject(s): Bigfoot (Folklore)


SEVERAL MEASURES FOR THE LITTLE LOST       
First Line: The lesson begins in a heated room
Last Line: After all of the lamb has left the bone it warned.
Subject(s): History; Hunger; Musical Instruments; Pianos; Teaching & Teachers; Historians; Educators; Professors


SHIPWRECK       
First Line: Three chinese in yellow coats stood on dunes, waist-high
Last Line: Feeding everywhere.
Subject(s): Disasters; Emerson, Ralph Waldo (1803-1882); Fuller, Margaret (1810-1850); Hawthorne, Nathaniel (1804-1864); James, Henry (1843-1916); Refugees; Shipwrecks; Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862)


SIMPLE PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA       
First Line: For what are we to think? But that philo
Last Line: From simple philo as from the whole.
Subject(s): Ignorance; Moon; Nero, Roman Emperor (37-68 A.d.); Rockets; Dullness; Stupdity


SKY HARBOR    Poem Text    
First Line: The flock of pigeons rises over the roof


SOMEBODY WILL HAV' TO SHOOT YA DOWN        Recitation by Author


SOMEBODY'LL HAV' TO SHOOT YA DOWN'    Poem Text    
First Line: Charlie parker running a tow-line / from a red barge
Last Line: That is beyond the grave like a great granite keep.
Subject(s): Aviation & Aviators; Family Life; Life Change Events; Loss; Parker, Charlie ('bird') (1920-1955); Peace; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Relatives


SUN AND MOON FLOWERS: PAUL KLEE, 1879-1940    Poem Text    
First Line: First, there is the memory of the dead priest in norway
Last Line: With its ice water, blue spikes of lupine, and morphine.
Subject(s): Europe; Klee, Paul (1879-1940); Paintings & Painters; Sickness; World War Ii; Illness; Second World War


THE AMULET    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Blackbirds are scribbling in the winter heat of the trees
Last Line: If I did.
Subject(s): Animals; Dreams; Moon; Night; Sleep; Nightmares; Bedtime


THE APOCRYPHA OF JACQUES DERRIDA       
First Line: The ruptured underbelly of a black horse flew overhead
Last Line: Moving over snow.
Subject(s): Animals; Derrida, Jacques (1930-2001); Horses; Loss; Napoleon I (1769-1821)


THE BLUE HOG    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I didn't have to buy the acid
Last Line: Who's said to still be in the district.
Variant Title(s): A Blue Hog
Subject(s): Death - Children; Devil; Pigs; Revenge; Death - Babies; Satan; Mephistopheles; Lucifer; Beelzebub; Boars; Hogs


THE BOOK OF THE CRYING KANGLINGS    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Buddhism; Buddha; Buddhists


THE BOXCARS OF MARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Two green arms in eggshell white


THE BUS STOPPED IN FIELDS OF MISDEMEANOR       
First Line: I don't know why they turn the irrigation
Last Line: And I am of the enemy. And we are legion.
Subject(s): Death; Dickens, Charles (1812-1870); Drugs & Drug Abuse; Mothers & Daughters; Dead, The; Narcotics; Opium; Cocaine; Crack; Heroin


THE CASTE WIFE SPEAKS TO THE ENIGMATIC PARABOLAS    Poem Text    
First Line: The two stone breakers in loincloths
Last Line: For the rising cream that forms a golden brick of butter.
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Sex; Social Classes; Water; Male-female Relations; Caste


THE CEREMONY    Poem Text    
First Line: The wedding veils are oppressing them
Subject(s): Weddings


THE CHILDREN    Poem Text    
First Line: It was the first wednesday of a scarcity of candles
Last Line: That evening in a coffin.
Variant Title(s): Psalm 23
Subject(s): Animals; Bombs; Family Life; Horses; Sweden; World War Ii; Relatives; Second World War


THE CIRCUS RINGMASTER'S APOLOGY TO GOD       
First Line: It is what we both knew in the sunlight of a restaurant's garden
Last Line: Remember? You were glad that I did it once before!
Subject(s): Circus; Man-woman Relationships; Sex; Story-telling; Male-female Relations


THE CITY OF THE OLESHA FRUIT       
First Line: Outside the window past the two hills there is the city
Last Line: Somewhere inside the mind.
Subject(s): Cities; Kisses; Man-woman Relationships; Physical Disabilities; Weather; Writing & Writers; Urban Life; Male-female Relations; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


THE CLOUDS OF MAGELLAN (APHORISMS OF MR. CANON ASPIRIN)       
First Line: I once dreamt that cezanne lectured on the circumnavigation of a pear
Last Line: And peace.
Subject(s): Creative Ability; God; Knowledge; Metaphor; Philosophy & Philosophers; Poetry & Poets; Revolutions; Truth; Inspiration; Creativity; Similes


THE COMPOSER'S WINTER DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Vivid and heavy, he strolls through dark brick kitchens
Last Line: In a struggle with the loud, combatant horns.
Subject(s): Beethoven, Ludwig Van (1770-1827); Composers; Cooking & Cooks; Deafness; Death; Music & Musicians; Winter; Cookery; Dead, The


THE CZAR'S LAST CHRISTMAS LETTER: A BARN IN THE URALS    Poem Text    
First Line: You were never told, mother, how old illya was drunk
Last Line: And I am nicholas.
Subject(s): Children; Christmas; Letters; Mothers & Sons; Nicholas Ii, Czar Of Russia (1868-1918); Parents; World War I; Childhood; Nativity, The; Parenthood; First World War


THE DEATH OF THE RACE CAR DRIVER       
First Line: I have not slept for a week. / it is matchless-this feeling
Last Line: Sack for eternity.
Subject(s): Automobile Racing; Dreams; Insomnia; Memory; Sports; War; Race Car Driving; Nightmares; Sleeplessness


THE DESERT DEPORTATION OF 1915       
First Line: Our dead fathers came down to us in the river
Last Line: From the dead.
Subject(s): Armenian Genocide, 1909-1918; Death; Funerals; Girls; Graves; Salvation; Dead, The; Burials; Tombs; Tombstones


THE DIAMOND PERSONA       
First Line: I dreamt tolstoi was mad and running away
Last Line: Above some fanciful future spring planting.
Subject(s): Dreams; Mysticism; Russia; Tolstoy, Leo (1828-1910); Nightmares; Soviet Union; Russians


THE DIATRIBE OF THE KITE; FOR KHENPO KARTHAR RINPOCHE    Poem Text    
First Line: They come from the white barrier of noon
Last Line: Those ancestors for whom we are ashamed.
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Asia; Kites; Heritage; Heredity; Far East; East Asia; Orient


THE DUCHESSE'S RED SHOES; AFTER PROUST       
First Line: Swann has visited the duc and duchesse de guermantes
Last Line: The chaos of a small pond.
Subject(s): Death; Friendship; Proust, Marcel (1871-1922); Selflessness; Dead, The


THE DUN COW AND THE HAG       
First Line: Beside the river volga near the village of anskijovka
Last Line: Ran off her dress like a lowered hem.
Subject(s): Cows; Drowning; Old Age; Poisons & Poisoning; Volga River, Russia; Women


THE ELEGY FOR INTEGRAL DOMAINS    Poem Text    
First Line: You watched the slender narcissus wilt
Last Line: A christmas tree out of the woods found a body.
Subject(s): Lament; Schumann, Robert Alexander (1810-1856); Suicide


THE EVENING OF THE PYRAMIDS       
First Line: A summer night in the desert is as welcome
Last Line: There was a dark room and an empty coffer for a king.
Subject(s): Egypt; Mortality; Napoleon I (1769-1821); Pyramids


THE EVERLASTINGS; FOR L.P. SNYDER AND KARMA WANGMO       
First Line: In the village it must be a clear night with the light of a red
Last Line: It is the thunder at dawn!
Subject(s): Death; Rumors; Sea; Spiritual Life; Dead, The; Ocean


THE FISH       
First Line: A pale woman is cradling a large red fish
Last Line: Swims toward the bottom to sleep in the mud.
Subject(s): Despair; Fish & Fishing; Hope; Salvation; Anglers; Optimism


THE FOX WHO WATCHED FOR THE MIDNIGHT SUN       
First Line: Across the snowy pastures of the estate
Last Line: As if the dead hare were soon to awaken.
Subject(s): Animals; Dramatists; Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906); Medicine; Plays & Playwrights ; Trapping & Trappers; Writing & Writers; Drugs, Prescription; Dramatists; Traps; Snares; Trappers


THE FRIARY AT BLOSSOM, PROLOGUE & INSTRUCTIONS       
First Line: The pond lilies are like little executions
Last Line: — 1967
Subject(s): Animals; Politics & Government; Horses; Lakes; Prisons & Prisoners; Survival; Wyatt, Sir Thomas (1503-1542); Pools; Ponds; Convicts


THE FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: It felt like the zero in brook ice
Last Line: The cancer ate her like horse piss eats deep snow.
Subject(s): Aunts; Cancer (Disease); Farm Life; Funerals; Memory; Agriculture; Farmers; Burials


THE GANGES       
First Line: I'm sorry but we can't go to the immersions tonight
Last Line: Children watering their charges, the black lulled elephants.
Subject(s): Funerals; Ganges River, India; Memory; Spiritual Life; Burials


THE HOUR    Poem Text    
First Line: A dark, thick branch in the last light is like
Last Line: Go fireflies striking their soft, yellow lights.
Subject(s): Activity; Dusk; Escapes; Evening; Hope; Exercise; Fugitives; Sunset; Twilight; Optimism


THE HOURS; FOR INGRID ERHARDT, 1951-1971       
First Line: The meadows are empty. There are two villages
Last Line: We were always counting our losses.
Subject(s): Bells; Echoes; Loss; Pilgrimages & Pilgrims; Villages


THE HUTS ARE ESQUIMAUX; FOR DAVE SMITH    Poem Text    
First Line: Our clothes are still wet from wading
Last Line: To the very quick of his being.
Subject(s): Death; War; Dead, The


THE IDEA OF SOUP        Recitation by Author
First Line: The women would come in chevrolets
Subject(s): Children; Charity; Childhood; Philanthropy


THE IMMORALIST    Poem Text    
First Line: Samaden, the julier, tiefenkasten -- the raw egg
Last Line: Like the trench of a young couple crossing a lake.
Subject(s): Honeymoons; Man-woman Relationships; Murder; Tuberculosis; Male-female Relations; Consumption (Pathology)


THE JERUSALEM MONIKER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: This gangster of an olive tree


THE LION GROTTO       
First Line: Nothing odd
Last Line: He'll ask again why things die.
Subject(s): Children; Death; Loss; Childhood; Dead, The


THE MERCY SEAT       
First Line: He sat in an enamel tub with a black
Last Line: While he was content to settle on the facts...
Subject(s): Angels; Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Mercy; Salvation; Vision; Women In The Bible; Virgin Mary


THE MOTHS: 1. CIRCA 1582       
First Line: The peninsula seen from the hills near bath
Last Line: Where, once, there was a peaceful, tropical ocean.
Subject(s): Ghosts; Moths; Pilgrimages & Pilgrims; Sickness; Supernatural; Illness


THE MOTHS: 1. CIRCA 1952       
First Line: Indians stood on a hill in bath and watched
Last Line: Into tomorrow.
Subject(s): Death; Fathers & Sons; Knowledge; Moths; Native Americans; Pilgrimages & Pilgrims; Women; Dead, The; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America


THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: A grove of deep sycamores drifts into the hudson
Last Line: Stepping out of a mountain into winter daylight.
Subject(s): Fathers; Holidays; Moths; Solitude; Thanksgiving; Loneliness


THE NOVEL AS MANUSCRIPT    Poem Text    
First Line: I remember the death, in russia,
Subject(s): Pasternak, Boris (1890-1960)


THE OBSCURE       
First Line: It's the poor first light of morning
Last Line: That her breasts filled the window like a mouth.
Subject(s): Death; Desire; Farm Life; Man-woman Relationships; Pigs; Dead, The; Agriculture; Farmers; Male-female Relations; Boars; Hogs


THE OPEN HAPPENS IN THE MIDST OF BEINGS; MARTIN HEIDEGGER    Poem Text    
First Line: The coroner said a white picket fence
Last Line: On the riverbed in a cold white spout...
Subject(s): Fortune Tellers; Life Change Events; Pleasure; Palmistry


THE PARALLAX MONOGRAPH FOR RODIN       
First Line: I dreamt, last night, of your stone cabinet, porte de l'enfer
Last Line: "it's hell, of course."
Subject(s): Dreams; Rodin, Auguste (1840-1917); Sculpture & Sculptors; Secrets; Sex; Nightmares


THE PENNACESSE LEPER COLONY FOR WOMEN, CAPE COD: 1922    Poem Text    
First Line: The island, you mustn't say, had only rocks and scrub pine
Last Line: Most everything for you. And I'll be gone.
Subject(s): Absence; Cape Cod; Fathers & Daughters; History; Leprosy; Separation; Isolation; Historians; Lepers


THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S ANNUAL       
First Line: We are returning to new england for two weeks! My sister
Last Line: Throughout the afternoon.
Subject(s): Aging; Love - Erotic; Jews; Marriage; Mayas; Mexico; Morality; Photography & Photographers; Poetry & Poets; Vermont; World War Ii; Judaism; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Ethics; Second World War


THE READER OF THE SENTENCES       
First Line: The dead soldiers rise and walk into the trees
Last Line: There is the day's work to be done.
Subject(s): Books; Children; Eckehart, Johannes (Meister) (1260-1327); Jesus Christ; Martyrs; Memory; Resurrection, The; World War Ii; Reading; Childhood; Eckhart, Meister; Second World War


THE SAINTS OF NEGATIVITY; FOR ERMA POUNDS       
First Line: It was the first snow in memory, and
Last Line: The earth like a crust of bread absorbed them.
Subject(s): Evil; Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564); Sabotage; Sculpture & Sculptors


THE SCRIVENER'S ROSES; FOR MARVIN FISHER       
First Line: The gulls fly in close formation becoming a patch of sail
Last Line: Inside the convent's south garden wall.
Subject(s): Birds; Death; Gulls; Loss; Man-woman Relationships; Melville, Herman (1819-1891); Dead, The; Seagulls; Male-female Relations


THE SEAGULL; CHEKHOV AT YALTA    Poem Text    
First Line: A winter evening at the cottage by the bay
Last Line: "I will write that we have departed for france, for italy."
Subject(s): Chekhov, Anton (1860-1904); Family Life; Funerals; Gardens & Gardening; Graves; Tuberculosis; Relatives; Burials; Tombs; Tombstones; Consumption (Pathology)


THE SENTIMENTALISTS        Recitation by Author
First Line: The poet apollinaire said something
Subject(s): Apollinaire, Guillaume (1880-1918)


THE SHADOWS AT BOXFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: It's not the white powder cauliflower of still distant moons
Last Line: Filling with rain.
Subject(s): Aliens; Loyalty; Man-woman Relationships; Extraterrestrials; Male-female Relations


THE SPIRIT TABLETS AT GOA LAKE: EPILOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: An artesian water-gig volunteers in the evening's mustard:
Subject(s): Buddhism; Buddha; Buddhists


THE TRAIN       
First Line: Accident could be a god to little boys
Last Line: We said, with intonation, what a shame.
Subject(s): Accidents; Maine (State); Railroads; Rain; Strangers; Railways; Trains


THE TREES OF MADAME BLAVATSKY       
First Line: There is always the cough. In the afternoon
Last Line: Showing her breasts to a boy in a cemetery.
Subject(s): Convalescence; Secrets; Singing & Singers; Trees; Walking; Songs


THE TROLLEY FROM XOCHIMILCO       
First Line: The late-afternoon rain stopped. The electric trolley
Last Line: The plaster rosettes of the ceiling.
Subject(s): Accidents; Buses; Death; Kahlo, Frida (1907-1954); Mexico City; Rivera, Diego (1886-1957); Dead, The


THE WEDDING PARTY       
First Line: When the large frame of the window collapses in the fire
Last Line: For the hat that he wore to a wedding.
Subject(s): Fire; Marriage; Parties; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WIDOW OF THE BEAST OF INGOLSTADT       
First Line: A fork in the garden, the widow digging
Last Line: Her husband's watch had just stopped in his grave.
Subject(s): Concentration Camps; Hitler, Adolf (1889-1945); Marriage; Widows & Widowers; World War Ii; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Second World War


THE WORLD ISN'T A WEDDING OF THE ARTISTS OF YESTERDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: A stub of red pencil in your hand
Last Line: Is a mystery rising behind you on the wind.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Creative Ability; Legacies; Inspiration; Creativity


THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text    
First Line: The first morning after anyone's death, it is important
Last Line: You can hear the milk as it drills into wooden pails.
Subject(s): Death; Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928); Life; Poetry & Poets; Sex; Dead, The


THOMAS MERTON AND THE WINTER MARSH    Poem Text    
First Line: I went out of the house to smoke. A thousand
Last Line: And mother of christ.
Subject(s): Ascension Day; Cold; Insects; Merton, Thomas (1915-1968); Spiders; Bugs


THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY; AFTER INGMAR BERGMAN       
First Line: They are out bathing in the sea at night
Last Line: Who escort us to and from shock therapy...
Subject(s): Bergman, Ingmar (B. 1918); Family Life; Happiness; Night; Sea; Relatives; Joy; Delight; Bedtime; Ocean


TO A YOUNG WOMAN DYING       
First Line: She hears a hermit laughing
Last Line: That she loves something she has not found.
Subject(s): Comfort; Death; Fear; Hermits; Love; Women; Dead, The


TOMB POND; FOR DAVE SMITH       
First Line: Farmer drags two lashed poles through a storm
Last Line: As an old pond once built to solemnize a tomb.
Subject(s): Death; Graves; Introspection; Knowledge; Dead, The; Tombs; Tombstones


TRAKL    Poem Text    
First Line: In reality the barn wasn't clean, ninety men
Last Line: The large sunken eyes of horticulture.
Subject(s): Memory; Trakl, Georg (1887-1914); War; Writing & Writers


TWO WOMEN ON THE POTOMAC HIGHWAY       
First Line: On tuesday's bus I heard the man from state
Last Line: It made me sick, if you must know.
Subject(s): Buses; Conversation; Disdain; Human Abnormalities; Violence; Scorn; Deformities


UNTITLED LITTLE VERSES ...       
First Line: The water is green. The two boats out at a distance
Last Line: Of a field beside the green, winter sea.
Subject(s): Animals; Fights; Horses; Life; Peasantry


WRONG SONNET OF THE POLITICAL RIGHT AND LEFT        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Politics And Politicians; Nixon, Richard (1913-1996)


YOU       
First Line: The sunlight passes through the window into the room
Last Line: Still heavy with its desire to be the cloud.
Subject(s): Desire; Light; Love; Sewing; Water