ELIZABETH J. COLEMAN
On Seeing the Pictures from Deep Space for the First Time Just as dew comes in the morning after a hot day and we train our eyes on its pearliness, as if we could collect it and put it in a jar, back then, there were limits to the number and types of treatments a father could receive for his lymphosarcoma. Just as a dad might be an amateur watchmaker and migrating geese are having a hard time now, so too wisteria has the scent of home. Just as there’ll be no transit of Venus in our lifetime, or in that of our children or even theirs, the Milky Way guides indigo buntings flying at night and leads harbor seals swimming on open sea. And just as there’s no word for home in French, this morning you remarked, In our new apartment, we can hear the birds.