Climb trees with crayons, and
a notebook on a looped string.
Wedge among the limbs and watch
the ordinary birds while dream birds
in the books make one cry …
Who could dream it up, and who wouldn’t die
for such a world? All full of bitter beauties
and abilities to fly.
— Bin Ramke, from “A History of Tenderness,” Wake (University of Iowa Press, 1999)