BLIND

My shade has holes through which the day

Intrudes, an imaginary cloisonné

 

Where bits and pieces of the views

Ignore the bodies for the clues.

 

My blurry early morning stare

Fleshes in the parts not there

 

To put together nature's lights

From punctures that the sun ignites:

 

Pinpoints linked into a maze

That feathers in the nights and days

 

The way pixels on a TV do,

When an image looks at you,

 

As circus barkers guess your age

By using crows' feet as a gauge,

 

So that the outside's rude debris

Springs from random filigree,

 

The planet's bones, the forest's limbs

Blinking from the window¹s whims,

 

Not from any glazier's feat,

But from the linen's damaged sheet,

 

The very height of crêpe de Chine

Topped by dropouts in its screen,

 

Sight imprisoned in a lavaliere,

Sifted through a starstruck weir -

 

But the vision's waking flaw

Is the one we seem to draw:

 

It's only human to have pores

In the skin of Levolors,

 

And through its twinkling constellations

Shine the planet's punctuations,

 

The cuneiform that lives

Behind the eyesight's picky sieves,

 

Blind enough, but strangely see-through

To underlying, cosmic shades of blue.