Seen in a Painting
Alder, white pine, elm, and metasequoia are taller than
elderberry, bauhinia, tin tree, and camphor. Autumn drags lake water up, and coniferous forests are higher
than broadleaf, wild eucommia than messy sisal. If water
rises in secret, oak will overtop sandalwood. One after the other, bird calls
melt. The snake tongue looks electrocuted, as the birch she spies from locked eyes
is taller than the birch spied in rotating glass.
Birch in the dead’s eyes is taller than birch in living eyes.
The birch made into a coffin is higher than birch made into a violin.