From 1995

Indirect Object

quail tap dancing on carport roof
cat crouched on yellow car
looking up

blame is transitive
its object direct
or strongly
implied

regret is reflexive
like a cat crouched
re-
-cur-
-sive
like birds on a wire

cats can
be bedeviled by
the unreachable closeness of birds

regret is like this too
if the roof were gone
he could reach the bird
but where to stand
and where the bird

the past is impenetrable as corrugated tin
and wavy
the sound of birds can fascinate
or mock

blame the bird

 

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