The Lightning Field, 6

Carol Moldaw
6.
a patch of virga/a verse paragraph
slant marks/slashing the sky/silvered in a shaft
of sunlight/pellucid virgules marking time
and pitch in a run of silent recitativo
no skittering drops/no rivulets of rhyme
shearing off the windshield/dripping from eaves
from leaves/self-contained/this sheet of rain
evaporates/is throttled/bottlenecked
in the sky's throat/never nears/never
grazes/never wets/the tantalized ground
virginal downpour/suspended mid-fall
coitus interruptus/a phone call/a second
thought/a punctured tire/a pummeled breast
no/no/no/no/no
the milk/won't come/the seed/won't plant/the womb
nulliparous/swells anyhow/the rain
falls/and does not fall/stalled/the drops
make no discernible sound/a sob/a soughing
at the wheel/to our right/never overhead
not in reach/always down the road
an etching/scraped/scraped out/scarring the sky
a series of caesuras/a fractured field
a field of splintered bones/of lines broken
into spits smaller than feet/smaller than
a fetus/embryonic/the arrested rain

From The Lightning Field by Carol Moldaw, Field Poetry Series v. 14. Copyright © 2003 by Oberlin College Press. Reprinted by permission of Oberlin College Press. All rights reserved.

From The Lightning Field by Carol Moldaw, Field Poetry Series v. 14. Copyright © 2003 by Oberlin College Press. Reprinted by permission of Oberlin College Press. All rights reserved.

Carol Moldaw