when your shadow walks through the wall.
when my heart is a false beat
when throbbing moves around the room the way
floaters spin across the eye
when the pale green of wet grass
when the confusion of new leaves
when the brush strokes are blue
when the buds of azaleas spread across lawns
when the daylight is water.
No sign is clear, fully.
Stay there, I’ll find you.
PETER BALAKIAN is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Ozone Journal, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (2016). He teaches at Colgate University
image: František Kaván, A Wet Winter, 1941