ARRANGEMENT

Philosophers cannot let the landscape alone, but tour the world trying to rearrange it in an orderly way, not realizing that the world, ironically enough, is always in the process of rearranging itself...  --Helen Vendler

 

The still life in our pool 

(A painted underwater scene

Involving plants we drew

From rubber shades of green

 

And blue) finally went to seed

This spring, and sprouted shapes we

Never pictured submarine

(Monsters accidentally

 

Wrung from chlorine and acetate),

But at every stage

Their ripples intervene

 

 In our cinematic age,

Making movies out of dives,

As our objects organize their lives.