The glass under the full spectrum of energy
will sag, scratch, and cloud;
but keep the boundary intact
between the two atmospheres.
The impatiens and ivy may unravel beyond
above the window box and pot rim
or be sheared by teeth,
but still keep the roots watered.
Let the gypsum dry wall warp
and pale paint peel,
while the grass grows high
around a rusting mailbox,
but do not let
the timber beneath rot and buckle.
-Robert L. Jackson III