How the car radio carols pushed against the long dusk
and the bumpers of clouds glowed teacup gold—
The doll's leg twisted and out it popped,
exquisite souvenir. Long and unfolded, I was
dense with signs,
on offer, is there any point to the gift
of these woven bolts of consciousness?
Here, says one to the other, Here I am—
Yes there you are. But that is no cause
to disarrange the weather map, for violent elbowing
of all that has been patterned aside.
If we were giants who played with little humans
and their little toys, then—
April Bernard is author of the novel Pirate Jenny and three books of poems, most recently Swan Electric. She teaches literature and writing at Bennington College. Originally published in the Summer 2002 issue of Boston Review