Nothing Now Astonishes
A month of vigilance draws to its close
With silence of snow and the Northern lights
In longed-for wordlessness.
This rainbow spanning our two worlds
Becomes more than a bridge between them:
They fade into geography.
Variegated with the seven colours
We twist them into skeins for hide and seek
In a lovers’ labyrinth.
Can I be astonished at male trembling
Of sea-horizons as you lean towards them?
Nothing now astonishes.
You change, from a running drop of pure gold
On a silver salver, to the white doe
In nut-groves harbouring.
Let me be changed now to an eight-petalled
Scarlet anemone that will never strain
For the circling butterfly.
Rest, my loud heart. Your too exultant flight
Had raised the wing-beat to roar
Drowning seraphic whispers.