Brightness Falls from the Air

                                    - Alicia Ostriker

Brightness falls from the air
said the old woman
like Bach's cello concerto
played by Pablo Casals
travelling the universe gently
like deep blue dust
I call it evening

Brightness falls from the air
said the dark red tulip
and when it does I lock
myself in the house I draw the blinds
All night I breathe
my own suffocating perfume

Brightness falls from the air
said the dog
well so I use my brain
this happens all the time
if I go to sleep now
it will be bright again when I wake up
goodbye