The bracelet of sixteen stones put by you
at the pulse of my wrist in color the earth has worked
is a puzzle to myself who have always
mistrusted adornment and color and have dressed
in the coldness of the sky and sea
for I have bought shirts and scarfs of
lavenders and yellows and a pair of salmon corduroys
with red and brown shoes and have placed
a gold rug in my bathroom and a larger rug
of deep and brilliant reds at the floor beneath
three windows where the north light comes
to a white and yellow plastic table and these things
are a wonder to me as are you who have brought this upon me
like an amazing reimbursement of the spring
BLOOD LORD was originally published by Doubleday.
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