responses to Peter Gross: a talk revised (II)

snapshot and finch (colourized)

If we dip a brush in orange pigment,
 
we can add life to the scene: an aging snapshot
 
( Ahkmatova in her open coffin;
 
 mourners stand close to her -
 
 the red-haired was Brodsky. )
 

 
Nearing my sixtieth year
 
while walking along Church
 
a cherry- and plum-headed finch
 
makes his way down the grey shingles
 
to sip at the roof's rain gutter.
 
He dips into the unseen above my head.
 
The day is hot - but he sees
 
that it also rains.