Douglas Messerli

History's Balloon



Breeze lifts
through across
the fresh warmth
herein wants.
Soon is going. Tell me,
tell me, where is the tree
that answers
what wind wants
to lift it to?
My neighbor is the sky
I would take to
if my stubborn limbs
would let me cut
the route to soil
what most surely will.

May 10, 1998, New York