After Tomaž Šalamun
Alicia Mountain grows weary without reason.
And she has tried to be so reasonable,
she has taken vitamins daily and made lists
that are placed in recycling bins
once their tasks have been completed.
She took the afternoon flight to get to you
rather than the 6 am flight so that this
weariness would not arrive a stowaway.
Alicia Mountain wants a clear head
for you. Alicia Mountain wants bright eyes
like wet stones for you, and deceit only that
the stones are slick small frogs in disguise
for you, admitting truth in that they rustle and
breathe. And you will say, Alicia Mountain
brought stones, heavy in their sockets, for me.
They are yours, I’ll say, and they are frogs.