on any day around here

 so i took a little walk
along the perennials
and spied one slippery elm
 which i sawed down
and peeled
 and i have had narcissi 
on the table for several days
 and i washed up 
some more amazing silk
ready for the next thing
and there they sit,
other things on my mind
they look so monochromatic
 and i wrote in the journal
and found a treasure
 flattened fauna
 so small
so real,
so paperlike, leatherlike
so they're all on the table where i sat for a while
between naps
as i'm in the heyday 
of a spring cold