On Tony Hoagland’s Totally
'The defoliated trees looked frightened
at the edge of town'
But, do the trees physically have eyes
to look toward the horizon
where the edge of town lies,
or, rather, is the edge of town
a proper place for the
defoliated trees to look
Wordplay – menacing to the unwary
visionary who takes the meaning
and applied reality to an
If the trees have eyes,
then I cannot in this world
for I cannot see what bark-lidded
gems view just as my
watchful eyes see what it cannot.
See or be seen,
but never both.
Inanimate or sentient
all – forever