Song

By CYNTHIA ZARIN (1959-?)

 

My heart, my dove, my snail, my sail, my

       milktooth, shadow, sparrow, fingernail,

            flower-cat and blossom-hedge, mandrake

 

root now put to bed, moonshell, sea-swell,

   manatee, emerald shining back at me,

            nutmeg, quince, tea leaf and bone, zither,

 

cymbal, xylophone; paper, scissors, then

               there's stone-Who doesn't come through the door to get home?