A l l a n   P e t e r s o n

 

 

A Certain Assurance

 

 

Something almost moving over grass

Not this grass

but that beyond three waves of hills

bluer as they go

and not grasses really but a succession

of oak and sumac

becoming indistinct more uniform

Delicacy

is a reliable consequence of distance

a certain assurance

that vision and longing are inseparable

slowed to acceptance

so that scenery hawks and song lyrics

appear iconic at stall speed