March 11, 2014

a creature divided (1979)

Patrick Haines
Caught – the bubble
in the spirit level,
a creature divided;
and the compass needle
wobbling and wavering,
Freed – the broken
thermometer's mercury
running away;
and the rainbow-bird
from the narrow bevel
of the empty mirror,
flying wherever
it feels like, gay!

Elizabeth Bishop (1979)