Two lines linked or subtly severed? In my mind these lines from “Old Song, New Song” merge on a scene of an outdoor social under resinous boughs.
a whiff of pine —
didn’t we meet at the strawberry tea?
from Yoko’s Dogs Rhinoceros
Yoko’s Dogs is a collaborative group of four poets—Jane Munro, Susan Gillis, Mary di Michele and Jan Conn—dedicated to writing in Japanese forms.
There’s more to admire. I thought it quite elegant to repeat the turtle-skunk figure in the context of both love and desire. The double take is delightful.
“the turtle buries its eggs / the skunk digs them up — / such is desire”
“love is also / the turtle buries its eggs / the skunk digs them up ”
And so for day 1829