Poecology

Issue 3

 

 
 

Karen An-hwei Lee

 

Elegy at Mission San Juan Capistrano

 
 
 
 
cliff swallows say we winter in rage

you who are human cast-iron bells
 
blood
                               lily sky
 

horse-riders with steel no eyes

moonlight as a lunar masquerade
 
 
bone-oven
                               clay-bone
 

illness spawned as water pox

lavender not Spanish tamarix
 

mixed blessing

                                 on a railroad
 

geography of potshards

forge-welding

                                 an orchard
 
 

a cupola of ferrous light molten

under a nervous colonial sky
 

this:                  whiteness