CLOUD / RIDGE
curve of pine branch against first grey
light in right corner, chorus of birds calling
from plane of field below it
woman in dark
green shirt recalling her parents not letting
her leave Beirut to see her boyfriend, locking
herself in her room all day to read Dr. Zhivago
in blue V-neck sweater asking "what would
Mrs. Ramsay say," claiming she had been in love
Mr. Tansley thinking "if only he could
be alone in his room," noting that "he was not
going to be made a fool of by women"
circle of sun's reflection in the motionless
grey green plane on the left, bits of white
shells scattered over sand bottom below it
grey cloud draped across top of still
dark ridge in left foreground, blue white plane
tilted up above it
man in green shirt waking
from dream of coming home to woman with hair
falling across left cheek, two bright pink
abalone shells left on the living room floor
in black wetsuit looking up at pale yellow
sun rising through trees at top of ridge, a pair
of pelicans circling above grey plane opposite
Mrs. Ramsay recalling one particular day
"become very still and beautiful," wondering
"was everything still the same"
hanging in front of invisible point, gull
perched on triangular tip of GROIN sign
silver line of clouds behind backlit
trees at the top of the ridge, tiny pink-white
buds at tips of tobacco plant branches in right
man in grey car listening to O'Hara
reading "To the Film Industry in Crisis," who
confesses "I cannot bring myself to prefer
Johnny Weissmuller to Lex Barker"
claiming that Juan Gris died too young, the skew
in whose portraits never had time to work itself
Mrs. Ramsay thinking "how eventful her own
life had been," Mr. Bankes noticing that "people
soon drift apart"
triangular white sail moving
to the left across the blue horizon, circular
green pine on the point to the right of it
triangular white wedge in grey cloud moving
toward upturned curve of pine branch in right
corner, a pair of finches perched on the feeder
woman in a pink-orange jacket noting
photo of Diego Rivera above man's left shoulder,
Hitler claiming if the woman fences for Germany
he will free her father
woman next to a white
screen confessing that "anything I hear may go
into my book," how in Shakespeare "everything
can mean more than one thing"
"sitting with her little boy," Mr. Bankes
"drumming his fingers on the table-cloth"
lines of white water on the flat grey plane,
whiteness of five gulls gliding across above it
grey cloud in lower left pane of window
above the unmade yellow and blue bed, the shape
of tobacco plant leaves in the window beside it
in black wetsuit in front of the green car
recalling holding her old dog as the vet puts it
to sleep, body beginning to grow colder in less
than two minutes
woman in blue grey corduroy
jacket giving man in maroon sweatshirt a pine
box, wanting him to bury Siamese cat's ashes
next to watsonia
Mr. Bankes wondering "is
human life this," noting the best of friendships
"are frail things"
shaft of sunlight slanting
to the left from grey cloud above ridge, white
spray blown back from waves breaking below it
yellow goldfinch rising from pine branch
to feeder in lower right foreground, sweptback
wingspan of jet passing across blue white sky
woman to the left of yellow tulips
recalling that Plath bit Hughes on left cheek
the first time they met, later burned his mss.
explaining that "châlets de nécessite
are rustic comfort stations in France," adding
Aglavaine and Sélysette are characters in a play
he's never read
Mrs. Ramsay thinking "French
imposes some order," William Bankes replying
"not at all"
grey cloud blowing past full
white moon in sky above point, silver line
reflected in the windswept plane below it
branch of scotch broom against dark green
curve of trees in left corner, grey white plane
of sky tilted above tree-lined canyon of ridge
in back of it
man in checked jacket arguing
man who wrote Shepherd's Calendar was a city
boy, no evidence Spenser ever planned to work
composer in black jacket who wants
to work in a garden, the card in his back pocket
claiming "Have Trowel Will Travel"
wondering "why did no one ask him his opinion,"
Lily Briscoe "screwing up her Chinese eyes"
white clouds towering above dark green
ridge in the left corner, line of horizontal
whiter cloud in pale blue sky above the point
line of pink white cloud in oval-
shaped opening of pale blue sky above ridge,
upturned curve of backlit pine in the right
woman on phone claiming Baraka
threatened to accompany Cecil Taylor on piano,
phone message simply "Taylor Cecil Cecil Taylor"
in black at piano in foreground striking
the second note, woman in white at the piano
behind it whose note rises toward the rust-
colored curve of tree on the wall above it
Ramsay's nerves "taut as fiddle strings,"
Mr. Tansley thinking to himself "he was Charles
grey white plane of sky above ridge,
three pelicans flapping to the right below it
rose blossoms hanging across shoulder
of copper vase on table, the angle of the green
tobacco plant leaf slanting to the left behind
short-haired girl thinking about "anchor
points in the composition," arguing that all
parts of the painting are "centers of focus"
Breton noting Picasso was "one of us,"
Pound claiming that on radio "you can tell who's
talking by the noise they make"
"free now to talk for a moment," Mr. Tansley
telling her "how he was thrown out of a boat"
of white water moving across flat grey
plane below point in left foreground, sunlit
whiteness of bird circling to the left of it
of sunlight slanting to the left from grey
white cloud above top of the ridge, rufous-sided
towhee perched on upturned curve of pine branch
man in green sweater recalling how
his life was centered on the mail box, Webern
asking how long does work have to be to have
woman on phone noticing
almost perfect wedge shape of the man's text,
which has to do with grey/gray chop on water
Briscoe thinking "she would move the tree
further toward the middle," Mrs. Ramsay thinking
"there was no future to worry about"
sky opening in grey clouds above point in right
foreground, the sunlit green ridge opposite it