A Poem For Saturday


“Categories of Understanding” by Catherine Barnett:

I’m studying the unspoken.
“What?” my son asks.
“What are you  looking at?”
But there is no explaining.
I can only speak the way light
falls, the way the cotton sheet
lays itself over his sleeping or resting
or dissolving body, touching him with
its ephemera, its oblivion.

(From The Game of Boxes by Catherine Barnett © 2012 by Catherine Barnett. Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press. Photo by Flickr user quinn.anya)