IF THE COLONEL EVER CALLS
If late at night there is a ringing
and it's the Colonel, don't be frightened.
Remember that the funny twists
of the heron's neck are posture too.
Perhaps the hair on your cheeks
is bristling? But the Colonel was clean-shaven.
The Colonel's prayers were more communication
than supplication; the old phone
is more of an appliance than a relic.
If the Colonel asks for a report, tell him
everyone's fine; the rocky island in the bay
is white with birds.