A Glass of Water
So many ways of looking
at a glass of water –
why is one clearly not enough?
Because there are many ways to look
and it’s a different kind of sustenance
we’re after when we look at a glass of water
and maybe there’s no such thing as failure
when we look
because our eyes cannot fail us –
or rather no one can say for sure
what it is they’re seeing
and yet it’s there before our eyes:
if we know anything we know
here is a glass in which water lies.
Why look at a thing again and again?
What are we trying to get right?
And though I know it’s nothing
like the man who tried countless times
to make a light bulb
I’d like to hold one of those
failures in my hand –
see what might be done with it;
it might not have anything to do with light.