For Transtromer, by Norman Dubie

In the cold heavy rain, through
its poor lens,
a woman
who might be a man
writes with a can of blue paint
large numbers
on the sides of beached whales—

even on the small one who is still
living, heaving
there next to its darkening mother
where the very air is a turnstile…

I’m certain this woman is moved
as anyone would be—
her disciplines,

a warranted gift to us,
to business, government
and our military,

and still she exhibits care and patience
this further
talent for counting,

counting…

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