Adrienne Rich

Tonight No Poetry Will Serve

Saw you walking barefoot 
taking a long look 
at the new moon's eyelid 

later spread 
sleep-fallen, naked in your dark hair 
asleep but not oblivious 
of the unslept unsleeping 

Tonight I think 
no poetry 
will serve 
Syntax of rendition: 

verb pilots the plane 
adverb modifies action 

verb force-feeds noun 
submerges the subject 
noun is choking 

verb    disgraced    goes on doing 

now diagram the sentence 

spoken = Heather C. Liston