First Light Edging Cirrus
by Jane Hirshfield
to call woodthrush or apple.
A hummingbird, fewer.
A wristwatch: 1024.
An alphabet’s molecules,
tasting of honey, iron, and salt,
cannot be counted—
as some strings, untouched,
sound when a near one is speaking.
As it was when love slipped inside you.
It looked out face to face in every direction.
Then it was inside the tree, the rock, the cloud.
First published in Harvard Review 37
Published on April 9, 2010