birthstone ring

if only the
deep mines were
found so easily!

like a flitted bird,
I sat down

and wept as I waited.

nothing had to
stand, and the country that stretched
under the far sky was new-

what I had never seen

and I spoke
yards of errant
degrees, spoke and flitted
away, until my words
fell to the

hard earth and were
lost like a ring, one you
might want to drop

simply to see who
picks it up, and I watched

him walk home,
all in the darkest black,
all in

the most genial
of misgivings. I knew nothing more,
and planned

to over the weekend survey the
far ends of the earth.