And so the metronome ticks, the distant shadows
of caribou drift over snow and thoughts come
easily at twilight when beekeepers’ ghosts
move through the empty orchard.
There is a rhythm to dream like the lost
breathing of the ancient parables, there is
a pulse to time in the scattered palpitations
of the stars as they travel their own solitude.
The imagination never sleeps as you do now,
the clouds will not stop racing through the heart,
so rest forever in the holy footprint
of the Buddha while your meditations glide
far out over the sea and your soul unwinds
in syllables of foam flashing from the waves
and a blue sail slowly rises into the air
each time the night boat comes near.
For Richard Maxwell
Rita Signorelli-Pappas's first collection of poems, Satyr's Wife, was published in 2009 by Serving House Books. She works at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton and is currently completing a second collection of poems.