i am an action gone astray

"do not urinate in public fountains," the sign admonishes

wind blows steadily over a ridge
(i'm tired of being a man)

here among the ruins of another generation i watch light drift

among shrouds and fingers

a warm sky as though enlightenment waits on wing

the proper moment for surveillance has passed

lace flows--trade continues--a car backs into a corner

a band begins to play a tribute

"she says, 'i could only wish to be
the one who is near you'"

light beams on a distant highway

we're all carrying masks woven from leaves