Outside the Word Balloon

for Bill Berkson

Candid paths crossing
This way and that
An iron-on winter rain  

Jackknifes through the trees
Effortless smile

Such capable hands
Sublime scribble
Bending the wind

Turrets of excess
Overlook eucalyptus

Baroque yet colloquial
To the nines
It’s happened to me

As far as eyes twinkle
Where the chairs

Reconfigure the stars
As the curtain falls
Like a corkscrew

All of you
Mountain view

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