- Girl, 2, Pulled from Pond
Was it the light that caught you,recondite as angel breath,was it the light that drew youin your summer dress?
Was it the song of a blackbirdcon-quer-ing with its call,was it the song of a blackbird,and that was all?
Was it the scent of sweet cloverthat, dizzying, sent you into the field,was it the scent of sweet clover,that so appealed?
Was it the cool feel of water,the pond's muddy ooze sucking each toe,was it the cool feel of waterthat tempted you so? [End Page 383]
A jitterbug shadow with wide-open armscrossing the meadow that parted like air;soon everywhere howls sown by alarmand you not there. [End Page 384]
Peter Filkins's most recent collection of poems is Augustine's Vision. He teaches at bard College at Simon's Rock.