The few bars before a tune
occurs to him.
Pattern being the crucial part—
what can hold, noodle
of entrails, the matchbox itself
made of tinders.
Only so much can be gotten
recognition of the hand lapses, the thumb
and index allow enough
for the neck—flutter of down
on pectorals, sexual
as it always is to have a thing, briefly—
the mechanism of song
—that there could be one,
and the uncertain side
to which falls the wish for it.
The choking, when it comes, seems a false start;