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.