The wicker hen is in fact ceramic. The anatomically
bass is made from a thousand nails, hand-
hammered into oak.
Its tail and fins are copper leaf. Pino, pictured
propped in a sled,
is a female English
with an Italian masculine name. (Whoops)
Now she’s old, but when she was spry,
from the staircase, took a mouthful out of my glove
and ran; her teeth never touched my hand.
None of the ivy climbing the primary-
of the family room (and hung by hooks to the cornice)
And none of the paintings C. S. painted, prior to ’41
hinted at all at her later radical opus.
The passion flower opens quickly to stay exquisite
for half a day.
Its coarse and artless hand-like leaves,
on the other hand,