James Schuyler, In January
After Ibn Sahl
The yard has sopped into its green-grizzled self its new year
A dog stirs the noon-blue dark with a running shadow and dirt
smells cold and doggy
As though the one thing never seen were its frozen coupling
with the air that brings the flowers of grasses.
And a leafless beech stands wrinkled, gray and sexless–all bone
and loosened sinew–in silver glory
And the sun falls all on one side of it in a running glance, a
licking gaze, an eye-kiss
And ancient silver struck by gold emerges mossy, pinkly
lichened where the sun fondles it
And starlings of anthracite march into the east with rapid jerky
steps pecking at their shadows."
— James Schuyler, “In January”