after Arthur Golden, W.C. Fields, Roseanne Cash, and Dannie Abse
Even a straight stick turns crooked
in water. Clouds have no constant
resemblance to anything.
The river is everywhere.
It continues quivering,
even after a stone
has sunk to the bottom.
A stone is not a mountain.
A stone is a thing that mountains make.
Like how the river bends,
turns the stick crooked.
A stick is a thing that trees make.
Trees are everywhere
on the mountain. Where the river bends,
where it wears away the stone.