If there is a coat sloughed on a chair
it will think about all sorts of things
and trail its hem in cigarette ash and dirt.
If there is a bowl of sugar...
it will giggle about its own nothings.
Days in the third month, something and nothing.
If there is an ashtray and a glass of water
then the air will knock over the glass
and shove the ashtray.
The air will lift and swirl the ash
and flutter the serviettes.
A particular body passes by
just above the pages of a book,
and creates special problems
for clever idiots. How many words
on that theme? In early spring
the fool heard his own bells.