from Collected Works of Lorine Niedecker

When Ecstasy is Inconvenient

Feign a great calm
all gay transport soon ends.
Chant: who knows--
flight's end or flight's beginning
for the resting gull?

Heart, be still
Say there is money but it rusted;
say the time of moon is not right for escape.
It's the color of the lower sky
too broadly suffused,
or the wind in my tie.

Know amazedly how
often one takes his madness
into his own hands
and keeps it.